Boehner backs effort to kill EPA 'endangerment finding'



Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiCommittee to vote on Zinke, Perry nominations Tuesday Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts What we learned from Rick Perry's confirmation hearing MORE (R-Alaska) is leading the effort on the Senate side. A formal resolution of disapproval is a rarely used tool allowed under the Congressional Review Act that provides a way for Congress to overturn regulations.

But such a resolution faces an uphill fight --  even if it passed both chambers, the resolution would require President Obama’s signature.

Sen. John KerryJohn KerryObama released 1M to Palestinians in final hours Fox News signs ex-Kerry adviser Marie Harf as contributor How Trump can defend the US against information warfare MORE (D-Mass.), a strong proponent of greenhouse gas cuts, reiterated his call Thursday for Congress to pass a climate bill in order to impose emissions curbs on its terms – not EPA’s.

“The Obama Administration is fiercely committed to climate action, and their endangerment finding sent Congress a clear signal: get moving. If Congress won’t legislate, the EPA will regulate,” said Kerry in a prepared statement. He is crafting a Senate climate bill with Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump Rubio to vote for Tillerson MORE (R-S.C.).

EPA rules would not include “job protections and investment incentives” that lawmakers can provide, he added.