By Zack Colman - 07/30/13 03:44 PM EDT
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenTaxpayers should be wary of false sugar reform proposals 10 things candidates need to know about women entrepreneurs Dem senators to GOP: Dump Trump 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 ReidMurphy wins Fla. Senate primary, setting up showdown with Rubio Top Dems push FBI to investigate Trump campaign role in DNC hack No, Tim Kaine is not the most liberal member of Congress MORE (D-Nev.) informed her the efficiency bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Rob PortmanRob PortmanThe Trail 2016: Drip, drip, drip... Exclusive: Kochs pull ads from Ohio Senate race Five takeaways from the EU's blockbuster ruling against Apple 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 WydenFive takeaways from the EU's blockbuster ruling against Apple Why you should care about National Whistleblower AppreciatIon Day Dems push to require presidential nominees to release tax returns 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 MurkowskiMcAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat Big Oil makes a push for risky and reckless Arctic drilling GOP divided over 0M for climate fund 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