Bingaman sees multiple avenues for clean energy credits

Bingaman and several other senators want an additional $2.5 billion worth of credits, and the White House has called for adding another $5 billion to the program. But the expansion was not included in the draft jobs package that Finance Committee leaders circulated Thursday morning.

“I am working to get it included in a package,” Bingaman said.

“We are going to have several different jobs bills that the Majority Leader intends to bring to the floor and we are going to try and get it included in one of those,” he added. “We are also going to try and get it done as part of an energy bill if it hasn’t been done by then.”

The shape of the Senate jobs package remains in flux.

“There are a lot of ideas, there are a ton of ideas, so it's a question of sequencing, which ideas . . .  which provisions have the greatest job creation, which can get passed,” Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said after the Democratic meeting.