WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is pulling an all-nighter. More than two dozen senators will take turns speaking from tonight through tomorrow morning to drum up support for legislation to address climate change.
Technically it's not a filibuster, since the senators aren't delaying a vote on a bill. So it's not quite like the last all-nighter staged by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, prior to the government shut down in October, when he spoke for over 21 hours by himself.
In a speech in the beginning hours of the event Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., cited the effects climate change is having on the federal budget and how businesses stand to benefit from efforts to combat it.
“We know the solutions to reduce pollution and emissions that cause climate change create good-paying jobs,” Murray said. “Jobs that put money back in families’ pockets through low-cost energy sources and increased efficiencies in homes.”
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., briefly spoke at the event's beginning about the affect climate change is having on Washington's fishing industry. She's expected to speak more Tuesday morning as the event is winding down.