No further action will be taken on the climate bill this year, leading Senate Democrats said, indicating that a comprehensive measure will not be in place until at least 2010. A Senate panel cleared a version of the proposal last week, but it still faces challenges from moderate Democrats who want more lenient emission-reduction goals and better safeguards for energy-intensive sectors. Other lawmakers are reluctant to set a time frame, including Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who is working to secure the 60-vote minimum needed to pass the bill. "I don't want to create artificial deadlines which get in the way of our being methodical about this," he said.

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