By Zack Colman - 06/27/13 03:32 PM EDT
House Republicans will turn the spending bill that funds the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department into a “battleground” to attack President Obama’s climate plan.
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) said he’ll use the bill that funds those agencies to give lawmakers a chance to weigh in on Obama’s plan, which largely goes around Congress by using executive powers.
Obama’s plan, which he unveiled Tuesday, relies on a suite of administrative actions that don’t require the consent of Congress.
GOP lawmakers say Obama’s proposals would handcuff the economy by raising energy prices.
It is doubtful the effort to withhold funds from the EPA would be successful in the Senate, where Democrats hold a 54-46 majority. Most Democrats would back the president, though a number of centrists have criticized Obama’s policies on coal and energy.