Senate Dems cancel spending bill vote amid GOP threat on EPA rules

Senate Democrats canceled a scheduled Thursday Appropriations Committee markup that could have opened the door to an amendment to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest climate rules.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellParliamentarian deals setback to GOP repeal bill OPINION | How Democrats stole the nation's lower federal courts Flight restrictions signal possible August vacation for Trump MORE (R-Ky.) was planning to introduce an amendment to the funding bill for the Energy Department and water programs that would prohibit the Obama administration from finalizing the proposed carbon emissions limits for power plants, The Associated Press reported.

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The EPA expects the rules to reduce the demand for coal. The amendment was part of an effort against what Republicans are calling Obama’s “war on coal.”

Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiGore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Bipartisan friendship is a civil solution to political dysfunction Dems press for paycheck fairness bill on Equal Pay Day MORE (D-Md.) decided to cancel the scheduled vote Wednesday night.

The committee includes red-state Democrats facing tough reelection fights this year, such as Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.) and Mark Begich (Alaska). AP said McConnell’s amendment “appeared on track to prevail.”