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 ObamaEx-Bush spokesman: 'Media should calm down' on limited WH briefing South Sudan: Another African tragedy GOP rep: Protests could derail Republicans' plan to repeal Obamacare MORE, Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDean: Schumer's endorsement 'kiss of death' for Ellison Michael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’ DNC chair campaigns scramble ahead of tight vote MORE and other senior Senate Democrats.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayA guide to the committees: Senate Overnight Healthcare: Trump officials weigh fate of birth control mandate | House, DOJ seek delay in ObamaCare lawsuit Top lawmakers from both parties: 'Vaccines save lives' 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 ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE (D-Nev.) as Reid prepares to make critical decisions about the shape of the energy package.

Lieberman and Sen. John KerryJohn KerryNew York Knicks owner gave 0K to pro-Trump group A bold, common sense UN move for the Trump administration Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP 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.