Four measures designed to slow or stop the EPA when it comes to the regulation of greenhouse gases failed in the Senate Wednesday. A measure sponsored by Republican leader Mitch McConnell garnered just 50 votes. 60 were needed. The amendment to the small business bill would have prohibited the EPA Administrator from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change. A similar bill is expected to get the approval of the U.S. House this week. That vote was delayed until Thursday.
Democrat efforts to limit the EPA also fell short in the Senate Wednesday. An amendment from Jay Rockefeller – which would have delayed the agency from regulating greenhouse gases for two years – got just 12 favorable votes. Amendments from Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow and Finance Chair Max Baucus each received seven yes votes. Among other things – Stabenow was looking to exempt American agriculture from greenhouse gas regulations. Baucus was also looking to prohibit the regulation of greenhouse gases from certain sources.
Posted by Haylie Shipp