Durbin: No whip counts yet on block-EPA effort

“We have not and I can’t tell you because there are alternatives being considered by Senator Rockefeller and others, and we have not whipped that issue, so I can’t tell you where it stands,” Durbin told reporters in the Capitol when asked whether he’d whipped the measure.

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.) is seeking to suspend regulation of stationary facilities for two years.

While the House GOP’s spending bill would stymie EPA temporarily, Republicans in the House and Senate are also pushing more aggressive plans that would outright nullify EPA’s power to regulate heat-trapping gases from power plants, refineries and other sources.