According to Reuters, when President Obama travels to Beijing in November, it is expected that he will sign a new “bilateral agreement to combat climate change.” This is according to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), who was in China last week to discuss clean energy issues with Chinese officials. Sen. Cantwell went on to say, “I'd place higher odds on the ability of the United States and China to reach an agreement than I would on us passing legislation or on having Copenhagen agreed.” She believes there is a 50-50 chance that the United States would pass a climate bill by the end of year, but noted that, if it was going to be the Waxman-Markey legislation, it must be simplified.