By Laura Barron-Lopez - 06/19/14 05:29 PM EDT
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 VitterDavid Duke gets debate slot in La. Senate race GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race MORE (R-La.), seven other Republicans on the committee joined in pressuring Chairwoman Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCalifornia House Republicans facing tougher headwinds House and Senate water bills face billion difference Boxer, Feinstein endorse Kamala Harris in two-Dem Senate race 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.
"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 McCarthyGlobal climate pact may bump into Senate roadblock House Dems push EPA on fracking study Watchdog: EPA was too slow to act on Flint 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.
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