By Ben Geman - 04/05/11 10:32 PM EDT
Waxman and other Democratic opponents of the bill say it's an affront to the scientific consensus that warming is occurring and human actions — notably burning coal and oil — are a major cause.
But the bill’s backers are focusing on what they allege will be job loses and other economic harms stemming from regulations.
Other amendments slated for votes Wednesday include:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) amendment that would mandate a study of the effects of banning EPA regulation; Rep. Jerry McNerney’s (D-Calif.) amendment to clarify that voluntary climate change programs may continue; and Rep. Bobby Rush’s (D-Ill.) amendment that would prevent the bill from going into effect until the federal government certifies that failing to regulate would not jeopardize U.S. security.
A series of amendments that would have renamed the bill were rejected.