Senate rejects Stabenow amendment to limit EPA climate authority

Stabenow’s amendment is the second EPA-related amendment to be rejected by the Senate Wednesday during consideration of small-business legislation.

Lawmakers previously rejected an amendment by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) that would have exempted agriculture from EPA climate regulations and codified EPA’s “tailoring” rule, which exempts smaller emitters from the regulations.

The Senate will vote next on an amendment by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) to delay EPA climate regulations by two years. After that, they’ll vote for a GOP-backed amendment offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that would permanently block EPA climate regulations.

All of the amendments are expected to fail.