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 Rockefeller (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.