By Timothy Cama - 06/19/14 09:02 AM EDT
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 McConnell (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.
Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (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.”