CHEMICALS DEAL ‘VERY CLOSE' BUT NOT YET DONE: SHIMKUS

 

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Lawmakers in the House and Senate are “very close” to agreement on legislation overhauling the Toxic Substances Control Act, but Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) wavered today on whether a deal could be completed this week as other top negotiators have suggested.

“It depends on what hour you’re asking me,” Shimkus, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, told reporters.

“In all honesty, had you asked me that at eight o’clock this morning, I would have said yes [it will be finished this week]. If you ask me about it now, I’m saying maybe.”

Shimkus would not say what changed in those intervening hours, but said he nevertheless thought it possible the House would vote on a merged version of broad Senate legislation (S. 697) and a narrower House version (H.R. 2576) next week.