Senior Dems won’t promise pre-recess energy bill

“It is being actively discussed,” he told reporters in the Capitol after returning from a meeting at the White House with President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPentagon head opposed Manning commutation: reports Trump transition on Africa: Asking the wrong questions Trump puts pressure on GOP Congress MORE, Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Predicting Trump foreign policy 'like a Rubik's cube' Poll: Obama leaves office with 58 percent favorability Biden prays Trump will continue cancer moonshot MORE and other senior Senate Democrats.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayDeVos vows to be advocate for 'great' public schools Senators introduce dueling miners bills Dems demand second hearing for Trump's Education nominee MORE (D-Wash.), who is also a member of the Democrats’ leadership team, said energy was a “small part” of a broader discussion about jobs at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday that architects of climate change plans are providing a suite of proposals to Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare MORE (D-Nev.) as Reid prepares to make critical decisions about the shape of the energy package.

Lieberman and Sen. John KerryJohn KerryKerry: Trump can’t instantly undo Obama actions ‘All or nothing’ leaves us nothing Kerry: Trump comments on German chancellor ‘inappropriate’ MORE (D-Mass.) have seen their hopes fade for action on a sweeping climate change plan they authored that would impose an emissions cap across a broad swath of the economy.

But they are offering “various kinds” of drafts to Reid’s office, including a narrowed plan focused on curbing emissions from electric power plants, Lieberman said.

“Senator Reid has to make a judgement about what he thinks can pass,” Lieberman told reporters in the Capitol. “We are trying to supply him with the details of alternatives.”

Lieberman spoke as he headed into the latest in a series of meetings that he and Kerry have hosted for other members in recent months to discuss their bill.

Any form of emissions limits face big Senate hurdles.