June 11th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Can Senate get climate change bill done?

Ed Hornick and Evan Glass

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/06/11/climate.change.legislation/story.lugargraham.gi.jpg caption="Republican Sens. Richard Lugar, left, and Lindsey Graham, discuss Lugar's new energy and climate plan." width=300 height=169]

A key Republican senator, instrumental in climate change negotiations in the Senate, has indicated that getting a bill passed this year with bipartisan support is a priority.

But with a sharply divided Senate and other issues such as financial reform and jobs likely to take up the rest of this year's agenda, getting the legislation through the chamber could prove difficult.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, though, is holding out hope.

"What I don't want to do is leave the Congress this year having done nothing," the South Carolina Republican said. "This has a chance I think to get 60 votes, better than any proposal I have seen."

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