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 CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellHillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Twitter CEO meets with lawmakers to talk net neutrality, privacy Senate Dems urge Trump to remain in Iran deal ahead of announcement MORE (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 BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE (D-Mont.).