SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) Congress returns to work this week after its July 4th recess and political strategists said Democrats will be pushing for a climate change bill as the November election draws near.

Just last month, the Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives passed a historic clean energy bill that would require electric utilities to meet 20 percent of their power demands through renewable energy sources by 2020.

Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of San Jose said Silicon Valley clean-tech companies are big boosters.

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“Most of the technology firms that are in alternative energies were cheering that bill, along with consumer advocates and environmental groups,” said Lofgren. “It’s not a perfect bill, but a very good, strong bill.”

However, the bill has stalled in the Senate because Lofgren said it lacks any GOP support.

Some Democratic strategists are looking to talk up the bill in an effort to fire up voters in the fall.

But Republicans continue to attack the bill as too much big government intervention that will run up the national debt.


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