By Ben Geman - 03/09/11 08:13 PM EST
“We will certainly revisit the issue when it [the bill] gets to full Committee,” he told E2.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) also said the no-amendments approach is under discussion for Thursday's markup.
“We think it is putrid and you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear,” he said of the legislation. “They are hell-bent on trying to repeal [EPA’s authority] — we think it is outrageous, I think that any fair-minded person would know it is outrageous, and I don’t know that we would want to dignify it.”
“We are still talking about it,” Engel said.
Democratic amendments would be highly unlikely to succeed, but would provide a chance to force votes on measures that highlight Democratic criticisms of repealing EPA’s authority.
Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) is the bill’s lead sponsor, and it currently has 30 co-sponsors, including three Democrats.