Senator Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) bill to postpone EPA regulation of greenhouse gases for two years will not go up for a vote in the Senate until after the November elections. Republican Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), tried to pass the bill by unanimous consent on Monday, but Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) objected. The bill has six Democratic co-sponsors and wide Republican support, but Sen. Rockefeller is apparently content to wait for the Senate to consider the measure in the lame-duck session after the elections. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has promised to allow a floor vote on the bill sometime this year and Sen. Rockefeller is confident it will receive the 60 votes necessary to prevent a Democratic filibuster. Still, it will almost certainly be vetoed by President Obama.
As we previously blogged, Sen. Rockefeller introduced the bill in an attempt to give Congress time to address greenhouse gas emissions legislatively. A similar measure, Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) "disapproval resolution," was narrowly defeated earlier this year (blog).
Interestingly, according to this blog by The Hill, Sen. Rockefeller did not know Sen. Bond was going to make the attempt and believes it was "sort of a stupid thing to do."