Two House Democrats float Murkowski plan to block EPA climate rules


Peterson and Skelton chair the Agriculture and Armed Services committees, respectively, and Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) is also sponsoring their resolution.

The House and Senate resolutions would nullify EPA’s power by using the Congressional Review Act, a mid-1990s law that allows Congress to overturn regulations but the law has been used successfully just once.

The “resolution of disapproval” would overturn EPA’s “endangerment finding” that greenhouse gases are a threat to humans. The finding is the legal underpinning for regulations that EPA plans to issue.

Murkowski currently has 40 co-sponsors for her plan, including three Democrats. She may bring the resolution, which cannot be filibustered, to the floor next month.

The resolutions face large hurdles clearing Congress and face a White House veto. But various Capitol Hill efforts to block EPA rules have already prompted the agency to slow down its plans.

Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) is expected to introduce a bill soon that would temporarily halt EPA’s power to limit emissions from sources like power plants and refineries.

Rockefeller says a time-out is needed to give Congress time to complete a sweeping climate change and energy bill, which has been sputtering in the Senate.

Back in the House, the Skelton-Peterson-Emerson resolution is their second joint proposal to block EPA.