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 McConnellMitch McConnellIran and heavy water: Five things to know Overnight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill 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.
Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiAcela primaries: Winners, losers Failed Md. gubernatorial candidate wins primary for Donna Edwards seat Candidate who spent M loses Md. House race 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.”