By Darren Goode - 10/06/10 09:53 PM EDT
It is unclear whether the Montana Democrat would specifically vote in favor of a plan offered by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that would put off EPA regulations set to start in January for another two years. A Baucus spokeswoman did not respond to an email requesting comment.
Rockefeller has predicted he can get 60 votes for the measure and has lined up six Democratic cosponsors so far -- Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jim Webb of Virginia.
Rockefeller wants a Senate vote on that plan during the upcoming lame-duck session despite an insurmountable White House veto threat and no plan by the House to act on it.
Baucus voted against taking up on the Senate floor in June a disapproval resolution offered from Senate Energy and Natural Resources ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) aimed at blocking EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
Rockefeller, Nelson, and four other Democrats—Evan Bayh (Ind.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), and Mark Pryor (Ark.)—voted for Murkowski’s resolution, which fell 47-53 on a procedural vote.