Shaheen: No vote on energy efficiency bill before August recess

Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Health Care: Appeals court strikes down Medicaid work requirements | Pelosi's staff huddles with aides on surprise billing | Senate Dems pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit Trump under pressure to renew last nuke treaty with Russia 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 Mason ReidHarry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Bottom line MORE (D-Nev.) informed her the efficiency bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP senators offering bill to cement business provision in Trump tax law Mnuchin defends Treasury regulations on GOP tax law Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to combat cyberattacks on state and local governments MORE (R-Ohio), would hit the floor the last week before recess.

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The bill’s sponsors, though, have been unable to broker a deal ahead of time to prevent their colleagues from pushing controversial amendments.

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 WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenGraham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone Overnight Health Care: Senate panel to hold hearing on US coronavirus response | Dems demand Trump withdraw religious provider rule | Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan backlash Democrats demand Trump administration withdraw religious provider rule 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 Ann MurkowskiTrump budget includes proposal for US Consulate in Greenland Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in 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