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 Hussein ObamaAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp ‘Morning Joe’ host: Trump tweeting during Barbara Bush funeral ‘insulting’ to US Trump and Macron: Two loud presidents, in different ways MORE, Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Biden to decide on White House run at end of year Stormy Daniels’s 'View' is incorrect MORE and other senior Senate Democrats.

Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayThe risk of kicking higher ed reauthorization down the road Trump admin announces abstinence-focused overhaul of teen pregnancy program Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes 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 Mason ReidAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination MORE (D-Nev.) as Reid prepares to make critical decisions about the shape of the energy package.

Lieberman and Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOvernight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Pompeo faces pivotal vote 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.