Senate Republicans want White House officials to testify on climate rule

Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are calling for a hearing on President Obama's signature climate rule, and they want administration officials to testify.

Led by ranking member Sen. David VitterDavid VitterMercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others Lobbying World Bottom Line MORE (R-La.), seven other Republicans on the committee joined in pressuring Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCarly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report 
Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor MORE (D-Calif.) to hold a hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency rules.

The new standards mandate calls on existing power plants to cut back carbon pollution 30 percent by 2030.

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"As our government sets in motion a litany of new actions with significant economic implications, we ask that you allow for Congressional oversight of federal policy decisions related to these attempts at controlling the climate," the letter states.

"If it’s such a great plan, bring it to Committee — let’s debate it, and vote on it," the letter adds.

The senators state that officials from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy and Council on Environmental Quality should be called on to testify at the hearing.

They also requested that EPA chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyObama EPA chief: Pruitt must uphold ‘law and science’ Overnight Energy: Congress does away with Obama coal mining rule GOP suspends rules to push through EPA pick despite Dem boycott MORE and acting administrator for the agencies Air and Radiation office, Janet McCabe, be asked to testify.

The witness list wouldn't end there. Republicans want to hear testimony from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Energy Information Administration and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

Republicans have decried the rules as harmful to the economy, and claim they will kill energy jobs.

The EPA has relentlessly defended its proposal since unveiling it earlier this month, and has said it will continue to engage states, industry and the public on the issue.

Signatories included Sens. James InhofeJames InhofeA guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP bill would eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau MORE (R-Okla.), John BarrassoJohn BarrassoLawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure EPA delays rule on mining cleanup funding EPA head previously used private email for government business MORE (R-Wyo.), Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSessions: I’m ‘not a fan’ of marijuana expansion Issa backs special prosecutor on Russia if justified President Trump's road test: Can he reach across the aisle and deliver? MORE (R-Ala.), Mike CrapoMike CrapoA guide to the committees: Senate Time for the feds to deregulate gun suppressors Senate votes to repeal transparency rule for oil companies MORE (R-Idaho), Roger WickerRoger WickerA guide to the committees: Senate Pruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault Price huddles with Senate GOP on ObamaCare MORE (R-Miss.), John BoozmanJohn BoozmanLawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure A guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law MORE (R-Ark.) and Deb FischerDeb FischerFive takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails A guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law MORE (R-Neb.).