The logjam that has held up a Senate bill intended to shield the U.S. airline industry from complying with the European Union’s (EU) emissions trading scheme may be cleared up before Congress adjourns for the election season.
Compromise language has been drafted to satisfy some last-minute concerns with the bill, which is sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
Lawmakers had hoped to pass the bill the week of Sept. 10, but lingering objections from at least one Democratic senator precluded action.
When the Senate returns on Sept. 19, the bill will be hotlined; if no objections are raised, the bill will be sent to the Senate floor for passage.
If the Senate passes the bill, the ball will again be in the House’s court since the two chambers will have passed different versions of the legislation.