By Andrew Restuccia - 03/29/11 04:02 PM EDT
The timing for the vote on the amendments has been something of a moving target. Lawmakers told The Hill Monday night that the path forward on the amendments was unclear.
Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusGlover Park Group now lobbying for Lyft Wyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny MORE (D-Mont.) has introduced an amendment to the small business bill that would codify EPA plans to exempt small polluters from climate rules and exempt the agriculture sector from the rules. 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.) has introduced an amendment to the bill that would delay EPA climate rules for two years.
It’s highly unlikely that McConnell’s amendment will garner the 60 votes necessary for passage. But a vote on the amendment would force moderate Democrats facing tough reelection bids to weigh in on the issue.
The two amendments from Democrats face major hurdles as well.
The McConnell language mirrors legislation authored by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeFeds weigh whether carbon pollution should be measured in highway performance GOP chairman: Kids are ‘brainwashed’ on climate change Feds withdraw lesser prairie-chicken protections MORE (R-Okla.).
Companion legislation introduced in the House passed a key committee earlier this month and is expected to come up for a vote in the coming weeks.