Measures to limit EPA Authority fails in Senate, passes House

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell’s proposed amendment to block greenhouse gas regulations being implemented by U.S. EPA without Congressional Oversight failed in a 50-50 vote on Wednesday in the Senate; 60 votes were needed for passage.  There is some good news, however. 64 of 100 Senators voted to block or limit the EPA’s authority by supporting at least one of the offered amendments. 

Also, the House voted to move forward on Thursday with their own proposal that would limit EPA’s authority without congressional oversight. H.R. 910, sponsored by Reps. Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield, is the House companion legislation to the McConnell amendment.  The measure passed the House 255-172 with 19 Democrats breaking party ranks and joining the Republican Majority. 

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