Climate bill placed on hold over Senate dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John Kerry says he's placing his long-awaited climate-change bill on hold after immigration politics threatened to unravel his bipartisan coalition.

The Massachusetts Democrat said Saturday the delay is only temporary and he remains fully committed to passing comprehensive energy and climate change legislation this year.

But the last-minute political problem is forcing Kerry to postpone a much anticipated unveiling of the legislation that had been scheduled for Monday.

Republican co-sponsor Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he'll withdraw his support for the climate bill if Senate Democratic leaders decide to deal with an immigration bill first.

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