Congressional Republicans are filing a brief in opposition to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations requiring permits for some greenhouse gas emissions.
The agency’s action, the lawmakers said in a "friend of the court" brief filed on Monday, amounts to a power grab from the executive branch.
“The EPA continually attempts to sidestep Congress and expand its role in advancing a partisan political agenda,” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the House Science Committee chairman, said in a statement. “Disregarding the authority of Congress to set environmental policy undermines the democratic process. The Obama administration continues to overstep its constitutional authority as it attempts to enact job-killing regulations.”
The 2009 rules are separate from in-the-works regulations limiting air pollution from coal- and gas-fired power plants. Those new rules are a central component of President Obama’s climate agenda for his second term.
Opponents of the EPA's permitting rules say that the EPA did not have enough evidence to support issuing the new rules on power plants in addition to cars and trucks.
In a statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again Appeals court blocks Anthem-Cigna insurer merger MORE (R-Ky.) said that the rules were part of the Obama administration’s ”war on coal and Kentucky jobs.”
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The high court is scheduled to hear arguments on six challenges to a 2012 appeals court ruling, which upheld the regulations, on Feb. 24.