Sleeze Undergirds Passage of Cap and Trade

Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 7/2/2009 5:00:00 AM The former communications director for the Senate Environment and Public Works minority staff is outraged that the House has passed the cap-and-trade legislation.

The Waxman-Markey Energy Bill, or cap and trade, is now headed to the U.S. Senate after passing the House by a slim margin last Friday. According to Marc Morano of, the bill amounts to one of the biggest tax increases in U.S. history.

Morano is also outraged over the sheer amount of corruption surrounding the bill's passage. "This is one of those times where you've just got to scratch your head and marvel at the raw arm-twisting and bribery that took place," he contends.

Lawmakers introduced over 300 pages to the bill the night before the bill passed, according to Morano. He adds that the Congressional Budget Office cannot even score the bill because parts of it have not even been written yet.

Morano says lawmakers were even bragging about getting multimillion-dollar earmarks for their district if they supported the bill.

"This was a bill that was literally not about anything other than saving face because Nancy Pelosi had said she was going to do it and she did it [pass the bill]," he points out. "But it was just amazing to watch the raw power and basically the sleaze in which they did it."

According to Morano, the bill will face a tougher time in the Senate after the Fourth of July recess.