Senate vote on proposal to block EPA climate rules slated for Wednesday

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 Sieben BaucusFarmers hit Trump on trade in new ad Feinstein’s trouble underlines Democratic Party’s shift to left 2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer 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 RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight 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 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 (Jim) Mountain InhofeSenators to Trump: Keep pressure on North Korea while exploring talks Why did this administration back the Palestine Liberation Organization in terrorism case? Overnight Defense: Top general says countering Iran in Syria isn't US mission | Trump, Boeing reach 'informal' agreement for new Air Force One | Chair warns of Russian mercenaries in Syria 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.