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US Senate holds all-night climate change talkathon

Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill March 5, 2014 in WashingtonBurning midnight oil, dozens of senators seeking to push climate change higher up the US political agenda launched into a rare all-night session Monday highlighting the need to reduce the global warming threat. At least 28 Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were participating in the session — mocked by Republicans as a stunt — that began after the last vote Monday and was due to wrap up Tuesday morning. The overnighter is the first major effort by the newly-created Climate Action Task Force in Congress, which wants to kick-start public debate on climate change. The coterie of Democrats was “sending a clear message: it’s time for Congress to wake up and get serious about addressing this issue,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said.

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