Rep. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts offers to testify on Capitol Hill Gowdy: House will use 'full arsenal' of constitutional weapons to get DOJ, FBI compliance on subpoenas MORE (R-Va.) was nothing if not dramatic in taking to the House floor Friday afternoon to oppose the Waxman-Markey climate change bill scheduled for a vote today.

Goodlatte, echoing many Republicans, railed against the legislation as a de facto "tax" on energy consumers.

"We do not support this kind of suicide of the American economy," he said, concluding his remarks.

Members are now locked into the beginning of a scheduled three hours of debate in the House before a final vote, where it is expected the margin could be razor-thin, as Democratic leaders and the White House work to whip up enough votes for the bill.