Senators seek votes on energy (but not climate)

Some lawmakers would prefer to consider legislation that focuses on jobs and the economy, such as an energy bill that promotes green technology but does not include restrictions on carbon emissions.

They expressed their concerns at a Democratic policy meeting on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

The story later adds:

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said he would prefer the Senate take up legislation to strip tax breaks from companies that ship American jobs overseas. He also said an energy bill that would promote investment in green technology — not including a cap-and-trade plan — also deserves priority.

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), a member of the Energy and Finance committees, believes that the upper chamber should tackle legislation that would immediately unleash private-sector investments and create new jobs.

Cantwell added that representatives from the solar energy industry have stopped by her office to discuss massive investments they would make if they received benefits from the federal government.

Cantwell said if it were her call, she would schedule a package to extend expiring tax provisions introduced last week by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.).