By Molly K. Hooper | Posted: 06/25/09 02:15 PM [ET] - 06/25/09 02:14 PM EDT
House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists struggle with Trump reality Ryan fans GOP civil war over Donald Trump The Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief MORE (R-Ohio) doubts that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democrats will pass their climate change bill this week.
"I don't know whether it's going to come up or not ... [but] I don't think they have the votes," BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists struggle with Trump reality Ryan fans GOP civil war over Donald Trump The Trail 2016: GOP stages of grief MORE said Thursday.
Democratic leaders are working hard to deliver support for the bill, though there are signs that many centrist Democrats will vote against the bill. Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) gave a thumbs-down sign when asked whether he was going to vote with his party. He is a conservative Democrat in a rural Southern district.
Other Democrats who say they're opposed to the bill include Reps. Jason Altmire (Pa.), Jim MathesonJim MathesonBottom Line Washington's lobby firms riding high Big names free to lobby in 2016 MORE (Utah) and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.).
Boehner also took a shot at former Vice President Al GoreAl GoreOvernight Energy: Coal industry group backs Trump Gore on climate change: ‘We’re going to win this’ The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, who was expected to lobby members on the climate bill Thursday. Pelosi said Thursday she asked Gore to make calls to members from his home instead of traveling to Washington. Aides to the Speaker said Pelosi believed Gore would "be more effective" making calls.
Boehner didn't buy that explanation. He said Gore insisted in 1993 that Congress vote on taxing British thermal units (Btu) and that this vote cost some Democrats their seats in the 1994 election.
"A number of members got burnt on that vote, so it's no surprise that as quickly as Al Gore was invited to come lobby on [Waxman-Markey], it seems that he was disinvited rather quickly," Boehner said.