Earlier Wednesday, Reid threatened to pull 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 the energy bill want five non-germane amendments and whatever other amendment are filed dealing with energy,” Reid said. “Meaning we’re not going to finish the legislation and that’s an understatement.”

Lawmakers continue to work on an amendment agreement so that work can be completed on the bill possibly this week. 

Murkowski said she wasn’t ready to give up on the bill, which passed on a 19-3 vote in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she serves as the ranking member.

“If we can’t finish legislation like an energy efficiency bill … what are we going to be able to do on the really big stuff?” Murkowski said. “For those who have waited a couple weeks for their amendment, good we need to address those too, but let’s not sacrifice a good strong bill.”

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenSavings through success in foreign assistance Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe | Researcher who helped stop WannaCry attack detained | Audit finds OPM systems still at risk Senators advance bill to train small business counselors in cybersecurity MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanCongress should think twice on the Israel Anti-Boycott Act Senators push for possible FCC enforcement over Lifeline fraud The fight to protect the Affordable Care Act isn’t over MORE (R-Ohio) introduced S. 1392, which contains measures to boost building codes, train workers in energy efficient building technologies, help manufacturers become more efficient and bolster conservation efforts at federal agencies, among other provisions.