House Republicans join fight to block EPA

Republicans claim EPA regulations would stifle economic growth. Barton called the EPA’s endangerment finding, which is the legal underpinning of its efforts to regulate greenhouse gases, “fatally flawed.”

The resolution is thought to face a high hurdle in the House, however. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is a strong proponent of greenhouse gas curbs and EPA's efforts.

But a few Democrats are also backing a resolution to block federal regulators from proceeding. Last Thursday, Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) submitted a nearly identical joint resolution to declare that “the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases … shall have no force or effect.”

Democratic Reps. Charlie Wilson (Ohio) and Travis Childers (Miss.) and Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (Mo.) are supporting the Skelton and Peterson resolution.