White House defers to Hill in climate bill push

The main action is in the Senate, where Sens. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryHe who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid Green groups line up behind Markey ahead of looming Kennedy fight MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Fury over Trump Syria decision grows 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 CantwellZuckerberg defends meetings with conservative politicians, pundits Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Hillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure MORE (D-Wash.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP braces for impeachment brawl Furious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria MORE (R-Maine.), noting that the White House goal is a package that can get 60 votes and ideally many more.

“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.