U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman said on Thursday he hoped to unveil a long-delayed climate change bill next week, but that Senator Lindsey Graham would probably not publicly join in.
"He'll be there in spirit and substance but probably not with us" on the podium at the anticipated event, Lieberman said.
The independent senator, who would unveil the bill to fight global warming along with its key backer, Democratic Senator John Kerry, also said that offshore oil drilling provisions of the bill are still being ironed out in the aftermath of a major Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
"We're still talking about that," Lieberman told reporters. The bill had aimed to help expand drilling of the coast of mid-Atlantic states, but new safety questions have arisen.
On April 24, Graham, a Republican, said he was abandoning efforts with Kerry and Lieberman to pass climate legislation this year after Democrats said they also would pursue an immigration reform bill.
Graham, who plays a central role in winning passage of either measure, said that an immigration reform debate was premature.
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