Second Democrat to co-sponsor GOP legislation to block EPA climate rules

Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallLikely W.Va. Senate GOP rivals spar in radio appearances West Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth MORE (D-W.Va.) will co-sponsor legislation set to be introduced later Thursday to permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Rahall is the second Democrat to sign on to the legislation. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) will also co-sponsor the legislation, slated to be introduced Thursday by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Ed WhitfieldEd WhitfieldWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog What Azerbaijan wants from Israel? Overnight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science MORE (R-Ky.), who chairs the panel's Energy subcommittee.

Blake Androff, Rahall's spokesman, confirmed Thursday morning that the lawmaker will be an "original co-sponsor" of the legislation.

“I am dead-set against the EPA’s plowing ahead on its own with new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions," Rahall said in a statement provided to The Hill. "The Congress — the place where the people’s will reigns — is the appropriate body to design a program with such sweeping ramifications.”

The legislation will block EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. Lawmakers floated a draft version of the bill last month.

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeA third of Congress hasn’t held a town hall — it’s time to take action Anonymous affiliate publishes claimed list of GOP private contact info Wasting America’s nuclear opportunity MORE (R-Okla.) will introduce companion legislation in the Senate later Thursday.

This story was updated at 9:55 a.m.