Senate Democrats Plan An All-nighter Monday For Climate Change

Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has pledged in recent weeks to continue allowing time for anyone who wants to discuss the issue during the weekly Democratic caucus lunch or on the Senate floor. The format planned for Monday is an extension of floor speeches given regularly by Whitehouse that usually begin with him saying that "it's time to wake up" to climate change. Reid and his three lead deputies -- Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are scheduled to participate Monday, along with Boxer, Schatz, Whitehouse and 21 other Democrats. The group includes the Senate's two independents, Angus King (I-Maine) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and other mostly liberal members of the 55-member caucus. Notably absent from the list are Democrats facing difficult reelections this year in states that President Obama lost in his two elections. Only two Democrats who might face tricky reelections -- Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) -- are on the list of expected speakers.
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