Vote of the week

A Senate measure that would overturn the Bush administration’s regulation on mercury pollution attracted the support of eight Republicans this week, but it failed after six Democrats rejected it.

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee Dem senator 'not inclined to filibuster' Gorsuch Dems get it wrong: 'Originalism' is mainstream, even for liberal judges MORE’s (D-Vt.) joint resolution was voted down, 47-51.

The Republicans who voted for it were Sens. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), Norm Coleman (Minn.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThis week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat GOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing MORE (Maine), Judd Gregg (N.H.), John McCainJohn McCainCheney: Russian election interference could be ‘act of war’ Grassley wants details on firm tied to controversial Trump dossier Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report MORE (Ariz.), Gordon Smith (Ore.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and John Sununu (N.H.).

Democrats who crossed over to reject Leahy’s measure were Max BaucusMax BaucusGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination MORE (Mont.), Robert Byrd (W.Va.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (Ark.).

During the floor debate, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said, “I suspect most Americans are going to be shocked to learn the administration wants to allow more poisonous mercury into the environment. But that is exactly what they are trying to do.”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James InhofeJames InhofeRepeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate GOP senator: EPA 'brainwashing our kids' A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Okla.) said, “Who in this chamber would truly believe the president would sign legislation to repeal his own administration’s rule? … Now, if you want political points with some of the far-left environmental groups, sure, this might be your opportunity to get it.”