Published: June 26, 2009 at 10:14 PM
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce advised legislators Friday to take time to read and consider the climate change bill before voting.
The House of Representatives passed the measure 219-212 in the evening.
Tom Donohue, the chamber president and chief executive officer, said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that his group wants a bill reducing greenhouse gases. But he said any bill the chamber supports would need to avoid onerous requirements on businesses and preserve jobs, The Hill reported.
"Last night, those people being asked to vote were given a 1,200-and-some-odd-page document that they have never seen before. This is 'hurry up and do it,'" Donohue said. "Bob Dole used to say to members of the Senate, 'Let's all hurry up and vote on this before anybody has a chance to read it.'"