Sen. Murkowski may offer EPA rule delay to small-business bill

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee ranking member Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenators press administration on mental health parity Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses GOP fractures over push to protect Russia probe MORE (R-Alaska) may offer a plan from Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term 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 Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms 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 Mason ReidGOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism 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.