New nuclear support in the McCain-Lieberman amendment may have cost it support.
Sens. Boxer, Dayton, Feingold, and Harkin, all supporters of the Climate Stewardship Act in the last Congress, voted against the legislation this afternoon when Sens. McCain and Lieberman offered it as an amendment to the energy bill. The amendment included new subsidies for the construction of nuclear power plants — which Sen. Boxer, at least, has publicly opposed.
The amendment was defeated 38-60, a decline in support from the better-than-expected 43 votes it garnered in 2003.