By Andrew Restuccia - 03/25/11 04:01 PM EDT
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 McConnellMitch McConnellFive takeaways from the Indiana primary Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell Iran and heavy water: Five things to know MORE (R-Ky.), would permanently block the agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
The amendment is based on legislation offered by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeThree more Republican senators to meet with Supreme Court nominee Senate unveils B waterways bill with aid for Flint 0 million Flint aid package included in water bill MORE (R-Okla.). Inhofe’s bill has 43 co-sponsors, including Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Healthcare: Public support mounts for action on opioids Clinton slams convicted ex-coal chief West Virginia Dem defends Clinton support despite coal remarks 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 RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner 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.