...without undermining support for the pending Senate bill

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But Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House official now with the National Commission on Energy Policy, said the target set out in a cap-and-trade bill passed by the House of Representatives should satisfy other countries.

The US cannot negotiate beyond the emissions limits in congressional legislation without undermining support for the pending Senate bill, said Mr Bledsoe.
——Financial Times
I got confused about the blue part. Could you explain it to me? Thank you very much.:)
 
  • This is not so much an English question as a political question. The FT is saying that the US government cannot offer terms that exceed limits set in legislation currently pending before the Senate. If it were to do so, it would potentially alienate some Senators, thus undermining support for the pending bill.

    A pending bill has yet to be voted on. Some Senators who are now likely to vote for the bill might become annoyed and change their minds if the government tried to agree to emission limits that are more stringent than those contained in the bill the Senate is being asked to vote on.
     
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