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.
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 ShaheenOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate Lawmakers want Trump commitment to help Iraq post-ISIS Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanRepeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate Chamber pressures red-state Dems to back Trump on cutting regs GOP govs: ObamaCare repeal bill shifts 'significant' costs to states 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.