White House defers to Hill in climate bill push

The main action is in the Senate, where Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears Biden-Sanders 'unity task force' rolls out platform recommendations Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are trying to craft a compromise plan.

“They need to look at what they think is important and we can respond to that,” said Browner, although she is also working with the trio.

She was similarly deferential when asked about a competing climate proposal floated by Sens. Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellOvernight Energy: Supreme Court reinstates fast-track pipeline permit except for Keystone XL | Judge declines to reverse Dakota Access Pipeline shutdown OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget MORE (D-Wash.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Republicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report MORE (R-Maine.), noting that the White House goal is a package that can get 60 votes and ideally many more.

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“Right now, for us to say it’s this or it’s that is very premature,” she said at a climate conference hosted by The New Republic magazine at the National Press Club.

“We are going to continue to work with the members who have expressed interest to see what is possible,” she later added. “At this point in time we are not going to put forward legislative proposals because we think that the work that is going on up on the Hill is moving at a nice speed.”

Kerry said at the same forum that the measure he’s crafting with Graham and Lieberman was coming soon, but didn’t offer a specific timeline.