Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved plans to vote Wednesday on a slimmed-down energy bill that Democrats had hoped to pass before the August recess.
Citing unified Republican opposition to the proposal, Reid said, "It's a sad day when you can't find a handful of Republicans to support a bill that would create 70,000 clean-energy jobs, hold BP accountable, and look at a future as it relates to what BP did."
However, Republicans blamed Reid for rushing through his bill and not first shoring up support across the aisle.
"Sen. Reid is predictably blaming Republicans for standing in the way of a bill that he threw together in secret and without input from almost any other member of the Senate," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the top Republican on the energy committee. "Process alone guaranteed its failure, although substance would have as well had Sen. Reid actually brought his bill up for debate or a vote."