Senate climate drama to unfold in three acts

Leadership will meet Monday to determine the floor schedule for the bill, including when and in what order votes on two other climate amendments will occur.

The first, offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.), would permanently block the agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

The amendment is based on legislation offered by Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeA third of Congress hasn’t held a town hall — it’s time to take action Anonymous affiliate publishes claimed list of GOP private contact info Wasting America’s nuclear opportunity MORE (R-Okla.). Inhofe’s bill has 43 co-sponsors, including Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Trump steps up courtship of Dems The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-W.Va.).

The bill has passed a House committee earlier this month and is expected to come up for a vote on the House floor in the coming weeks.

A second amendment, offered by Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.), would delay EPA’s climate regulations by two years.

Votes on the amendments could come as early as Tuesday, the aide said.

Interest groups scrambled this week to put pressure on lawmakers ahead of the vote.

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, for example, has been running radio ads in several states in an attempt to pressure centrist Democrats to vote for the McConnell amendment.