Senate ‘nuclear’ vote could boost EPA climate regulations

The Washington Post explores how Senate Democrats’ decision to ban filibusters on executive and most judicial nominations could smooth the path for President Obama’s greenhouse gas regulations.

Approval of White House nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will likely make it tougher for lawsuits challenging the rules to succeed.

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“The court is likely to help decide whether Obama can enact new Environmental Protection Agency regulations limiting greenhouse-gas emissions by power plants — a key element of his second-term plan to combat climate change — as well as a variety of other rules affecting the environment and the financial industry,” the Post reports.

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton has a behind-the-scenes look at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to use the “nuclear” option to change Senate rules. Check it out here.