By Darren Goode - 07/28/10 03:18 PM EDT
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiBig Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling GOP divided over 0M for climate fund Overnight Energy: House passes first Interior, EPA spending bill in seven years MORE (R-Alaska) may offer a plan from Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) to delay EPA regulations of greenhouse gases for power plants and refineries for two years as an amendment to a small-business package.
“We’re looking at it,” Murkowski told The Hill Wednesday.
Murkowski said that it would be more natural to offer Rockefeller’s amendment to an upcoming oil-spill response and energy package, but that “it doesn’t look like we’ll have any opportunity to have any amendments [to that package]. Which I find quite stunning.”
“So at this point in time, I’m helping the majority leader keep his commitment to bringing the Rockefeller bill up for a vote.”
A White House official said Wednesday that President Obama would veto the Rockefeller bill if it reached his desk.
House coal-state Democratic Reps. Nick RahallNick RahallWest Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth Lobbying World MORE (W.Va.), Rick Boucher (Va.) and Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) have introduced a House version of Rockefeller’s two-year delay. That may earn more supporters, given that the odds have slimmed for the Senate to be able to tackle the issue legislatively before the regulations hit large power plants next year.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCalif. Dem touts her 'badass' sister's Senate run Scalise says FCC chair should abandon set-top box plan Dems put immigration front-and-center on convention's first day MORE (D-Nev.) has promised Rockefeller his plan would be considered this year, but is expected to limit amendments to the spill and energy package that would be deemed controversial.
Reid said Tuesday they would address the amendment issue depending on an initial procedural vote on the measure expected by early next week.
“We’re going to have a vote to proceed on energy and then we’ll see what happens,” Reid said.