Boehner backs effort to kill EPA 'endangerment finding'



Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is leading the effort on the Senate side. A formal resolution of disapproval is a rarely used tool allowed under the Congressional Review Act that provides a way for Congress to overturn regulations.

But such a resolution faces an uphill fight --  even if it passed both chambers, the resolution would require President Obama’s signature.

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), a strong proponent of greenhouse gas cuts, reiterated his call Thursday for Congress to pass a climate bill in order to impose emissions curbs on its terms – not EPA’s.

“The Obama Administration is fiercely committed to climate action, and their endangerment finding sent Congress a clear signal: get moving. If Congress won’t legislate, the EPA will regulate,” said Kerry in a prepared statement. He is crafting a Senate climate bill with Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

EPA rules would not include “job protections and investment incentives” that lawmakers can provide, he added.