Republicans Prepare Attempt To Curb EPA

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GOP lawmakers are plotting an offensive against the Obama administration’s environmental policies, according to Politico.com. Republicans are eyeing a powerful weapon that would force the Democratic-held Senate to schedule votes on nullifying controversial regulations.

Republicans say they want to upend a host of Environmental Protection Agency rules by whatever means possible, including the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used legislative tool that allows Congress to essentially veto recently completed agency regulations.

The law lets sponsors skip Senate filibusters, meaning Republicans don’t have to negotiate with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for a floor vote or secure the tricky 60 votes typically needed in the Senate.

The House doesn’t have the same expedited procedures, but it’s assumed the GOP majority would have little trouble mustering the votes needed to disapprove resolutions.

A spate of contentious EPA rules that are soon to be finalized could be prime targets, including the national air quality standard for ozone, toxic emission limits for industrial boilers and a pending decision about whether to regulate coal ash as hazardous waste.

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Source: Politico.com



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