By Zack Colman - 07/30/13 03:44 PM EDT
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats ‘freaked out’ about polls in meeting with Clinton GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections Overnight Defense: US blames ISIS for Turkey attack | Afghan visas in spending bill | Army rolls up its sleeves MORE (D-N.H.) said Tuesday that there would not be a final Senate vote this week on the energy efficiency bill she drafted, delaying the measure until after the August recess.
In mid-July, Shaheen told reporters that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems urge Grayson to end Senate bid Reid: Trump is a 'hateful con man' Reid: DNC never gave Sanders a ‘fair deal’ MORE (D-Nev.) informed her the efficiency bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanDemocrats: We can win on guns The Trail 2016: One large crack in the glass ceiling Portman secures another union endorsement over Democratic challenger in Ohio MORE (R-Ohio), would hit the floor the last week before recess.
The underlying bill would authorize an array of provisions to encourage energy conservation by homeowners, manufacturers, businesses and the federal government.
It has broad bipartisan support, as it passed out of committee with a 19-3 vote and picked up a range of endorsements from industry and environmental groups.
But contentious amendments derailed similar legislation last session, as Reid proved reluctant to offer votes on controversial issues, including the Keystone XL pipeline and greenhouse gas emissions rules.
Some lawmakers expressed hope an eleventh hour breakthrough was forthcoming to give the Senate its first chance to pass substantive energy legislation since 2007.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron WydenRon WydenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Dems push for US, EU cooperation on China's market status MORE (D-Ore.) said “discussions are ongoing,” and that the bill’s backers are “continuing to talk to senators.”
Portman said he was “hopeful” that the bill would get to the floor before the August break.
“It depends, obviously, how we work through these other issues. But we’re hoping to get it up this week,” he told reporters.
Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiBig Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling GOP divided over 0M for climate fund Overnight Energy: House passes first Interior, EPA spending bill in seven years MORE (R-Alaska), the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s top Republican and a supporter of the legislation, said she was frustrated with the delay.
“I’d like to think that it’s going to happen, but we don’t have very much daylight between now and the time we close out,” she told reporters.
“I know your question: ‘Why is it so difficult to get this done?’ Maybe because there’s not enough in it that provides enough leverage,” Murkowski added.
Ben Geman contributed