Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that has stalled on the Senate floor will be shoved aside completely next week by debate on a funding bill, leaving the fate of the energy measure highly uncertain.
A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the bill will “likely be delayed” until after debate on the continuing resolution.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who co-sponsored the efficiency bill with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), said she was “disappointed” that the measure won’t proceed for now.
The two parties failed to reach an agreement on amendments and the bill has become ensnared in battles over ObamaCare and other topics.
“I’m disappointed that a small group of senators have delayed action on a bipartisan effort to create jobs, lower pollution, and save taxpayers money,” Shaheen saidin a statement Thursday.
“Shaheen-Portman is a bipartisan bill with an unprecedented amount of support because people from across the political spectrum agree that it is good for our economy and our environment,” she added.
Shaheen said, “I don’t plan on giving up and will continue to work to pass this bill.”
The bill contains measures to encourage stronger building codes, train workers in energy efficient building technologies, help manufacturers become more efficient, and bolster the efficiency of federal buildings, among other provisions.