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 LeahyJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Overnight Cybersecurity: Voter data breaches spark fraud concerns Overnight Regulation: FDA campaign targets smoking in LGBT community 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 CollinsLarry Wilmore, Sting party in DC ahead of WHCD GOP women push Trump on VP pick Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE (Maine), Judd Gregg (N.H.), John McCainJohn McCainEx-McCain aide: I'm with Clinton over Trump GOP senators call for criminal probe of EPA mine waste spill Why lobbyists should welcome a transparent presidential transition 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 BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (Mont.), Robert Byrd (W.Va.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Mark PryorMark PryorEx-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood Ex-Sen. Landrieu joins law and 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 InhofeThree more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee Senate unveils B waterways bill with aid for Flint 0 million Flint aid package included in water bill 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.”