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 ObamaConfirm Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma Dean drifts behind in DNC race Republicans tried to flip Electoral College voters too — look at 2008 MORE, Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Biden to sit down with Colbert next week Feinstein urges White House to release full CIA torture report MORE and other senior Senate Democrats.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOvernight Finance: Trump takes victory lap at Carrier plant | House passes 'too big to fail' revamp | Trump econ team takes shape Senate Dems: Force Cabinet nominees to release tax returns Dems press Trump to keep Obama overtime rule 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 ReidLawmakers eye early exit from Washington McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Reeling Dems look for new leader MORE (D-Nev.) as Reid prepares to make critical decisions about the shape of the energy package.

Lieberman and Sen. John KerryJohn KerryIran’s nuclear deal just the tip of the iceberg for Trump Trump needs to stand firm on immigration, 'religious-test' insticts Budowsky: Ellison, Kerry to DNC? 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.