The Senate is considering the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 1392, which aims to improve energy efficiency building codes. There has been a stalemate on the bill for more than a week partly because Republicans are demanding votes on amendments that delay implementation of ObamaCare.

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“The latest we got from our floor staff is Republicans on this energy bill want five non-germane amendments and whatever other amendments are filed dealing with energy,” Reid said. “Meaning we’re not going to finish the legislation and that’s an understatement.”

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterWhere is due process in all the sexual harassment allegations? Not the Senate's job to second-guess Alabama voters The Senate 'ethics' committee is a black hole where allegations die MORE (R-La.) is pushing an amendment that would require the president, the vice president, political appointees and all congressional staffers to use ObamaCare's health exchanges, and limit tax subsidies that would make coverage more affordable for federal employees.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (R-Ky.) is also calling for a vote on his amendment that would delay the individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a fee. McConnell said it’s unfair to treat individuals differently than businesses under ObamaCare since the administration delayed the employer mandate until 2015.

Senate leaders are still working on a deal to hold amendment votes and complete work on the energy efficiency bill this week, but Reid said if the deal isn’t reached the Senate would scrap the energy bill and instead take up a technology jobs bill — the High Technology Jobs Preservation Act, S. 1513.