A new health reform bill was not the only legislation left unfinished when Congress adjourned for its August recess. The so-called cap-and-trade bill has already passed the house but Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, says the sponsor of the Senate bill, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has put her legislation on hold. Bennett said he believes the primary stumbling block is the cost. “If the House bill passed as currently constituted it would increase the utility bills of very American by a very substantial amount,” Bennett said. “In this time of economic recession and difficulty when people are not sure of their jobs or have lost their jobs, having their utility bills go up substantially is not anything any politician is hoping for.” Bennett said he doesn’t support the House bill and because of the increase in utility costs he feels the whole cap-and-trade bill needs a whole lot more examination and debate.
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