GOP undercuts Obama: Senate votes to upend centerpiece of Obama climate pledge
The Senate approved a pair of resolutions on Tuesday aimed at killing the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate agenda, part of a Republican-led effort to undercut the White House goal of striking a new global warming deal in Paris next month.
The Senate voted to green-light two disapproval resolutions under the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-invoked law that allows lawmakers to reject a recently finalized regulation with a simply majority vote. One resolution targeted EPA’s climate rule for existing power plants, and a second focused on EPA’s climate rule for new and modified power plants. Both passed 52-46, largely along party lines.
But the resolutions will not succeed in overturning the EPA regulations. Obama will smack the measures down with vetoes, and lawmakers do not have enough support to override him.
Republicans have been plotting for months to complicate the Obama administration’s push for a deal in Paris.
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