A vote on a Senate bill to speed up the development of paper production was delayed by an hour after Republicans said they would delay it.
Democrats had wanted to move the bill to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to begin debate, but Republicans objected, saying they didn’t want to put it on the floor and the bill needed more time.
Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.
Va., who had been working to speed the process, said Democrats are looking at the Senate Finance Committee.
“I’m going to have to make some adjustments,” Manchin said.
“There are some procedural hurdles, but we’re not going to move it tonight.”
The Senate is expected to take up the bill on Wednesday.
The move comes amid a push by Republicans to move forward on paper production after the House voted last week to move a paper industry bill to a conference committee, but it is not clear how that will happen with a separate Senate bill.
Republicans say they want to speed paper production, but Democrats say they are looking to put a paper-industry bill on the Senate’s calendar and will have to wait for Republicans to act on that.
The Senate’s paper bill, which is being developed by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, would require that each state issue paper of its own at a certain number of sheets per year, which would be a significant increase over current requirements.
The bill also would provide for a public-private partnership to encourage more state-level paper production.
The legislation also would require the president to sign off on every federal regulation.