Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced on Sept. 19 that he would be removing his hold on a Senate bill intended to shield the U.S. airline industry from complying with the European Union’s (EU) emissions trading scheme. This accord now allows the bill to head to the Senate floor, as long as there are no additional objections. At one time there were multiple objections to the bill, but it is unclear if other senators still have holds on the bill.
Cardin indicated that a change made to the bill explicitly preventing federal funds from compensating airlines for lost revenue is what caused him to lift his hold.
Lawmakers had hoped to pass the bill the week of Sept. 10, but lingering objections from at least one Democratic senator precluded action.
The bill is expected to quickly pass the Senate once any additional holds are disposed of, if they exist. If the Senate passes the bill, the ball will again be in the House of Representatives’ court since the two chambers will have passed different versions of the legislation.