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 Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior Senate Democrats.

Sen. Patty Murray (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 Reid (D-Nev.) as Reid prepares to make critical decisions about the shape of the energy package.

Lieberman and Sen. John Kerry (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.