Here’s what the senator had to say after the decision, via a statement:
“Every American should be able to say, ‘This is my planet, I will fight to protect it,’ and I am confident that the American people will soon have that opportunity,” Biden said. “Today’s vote shows that Congress is ready to take bold action on the very complex and long-overdue challenges of climate change, and I am proud to have been a part of the movement in the Senate to finally create a bill that puts climate and clean energy first.
My constituents came from far and wide to tell me how much they care about this issue, which means I also care deeply about it. Now, I ask Congress to follow my lead in putting a climate bill on President Trump’s desk, so we can begin to put real solutions on the table to head off climate disasters and runaway global warming.”
Also according to Politico: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office said in a statement the Senate would start work on its own alternative this fall. It could be the ‘the bipartisan highway bill,’ the statement read. The Kentucky Republican will go to each chamber’s floor in September and wait to see if Democrats opt to offer amendments, hoping ‘to resolve the differences between the two chambers’ bills, the McConnell statement read.”