President Obama asks businesses to get behind climate bill

Date

Mar 11, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants business leaders to push Congress to pass long-stalled climate legislation.

Obama made the plug during a meeting Friday with his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, which includes the heads of General Electric, Caterpillar and Oracle, along with labor leaders and economists.

He told the group that the climate bill — which would cap global warming emissions — is good for business.

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Obama said that individual members of Congress may be worried about the short-term implications of voting for the bill and that hearing from businesses would be reassuring.

Energy legislation narrowly passed the House last year and some Democrats came to regret their support. It's up next in the Senate, after financial reform, Obama said.

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