By Laura Barron-Lopez - 06/24/14 04:31 PM EDT
Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinClinton slams convicted ex-coal chief West Virginia Dem defends Clinton support despite coal remarks Reid: Judiciary a 'rubber stamp' for Trump-McConnell MORE (D-W.Va.) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseJudiciary Dems seek hearing on voting rights Senate looks for easy wins amid 2016 gridlock Portman focuses on drug abuse epidemic in new ad MORE (D-R.I.) will take to the Senate floor Wednesday evening to talk climate change and coal energy policies in the U.S.
Manchin, a critic of President Obama's new carbon pollution standards on existing power plants, will engage in a discussion with Whitehouse, a known advocate of climate policies.
An advisory states that the senators will "work together to strike a balance between the economy and the environment."
Republicans argue Obama's climate regulations on existing and new power plants will hurt the economy, and have called his effort a "war on coal."
The discussion also comes as Republicans are pushing for votes on the Keystone XL pipeline, and an anti-climate rule amendment in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) offered Republicans a vote on the climate rule amendment, which would block the administration's carbon pollution standards for existing plants, as long as Republicans didn't filibuster a number of Democratic measures.