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 McConnellTrump flirts with Dems for Cabinet Lawmakers eye early exit from Washington Confirm Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma MORE (R-Ky.) said that the rules were part of the Obama administration’s ”war on coal and Kentucky jobs.”
In addition to Smith and McConnell, Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) and Reps. Andy BarrAndy BarrHow we can boost the economy through foreign direct investment Wells Fargo scandal strikes fear into smaller rivals Consumer bureau remains partisan target after Wells Fargo settlement MORE (R-Ky.), Brett GuthrieBrett GuthrieHouse GOP defense policy bill conferees named Overnight Regulation: Fight brews over minor leaguers' salaries Lawmakers push bill blocking minor league ballplayers from salary protections MORE (R-Ky.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ed WhitfieldEd WhitfieldOvernight Energy: Green group sues Exxon over climate science Lobby firm hires Republican who resigned after ethics investigation Kentucky Republican to resign from House MORE (R-Ky.) also signed on to the brief.
The high court is scheduled to hear arguments on six challenges to a 2012 appeals court ruling, which upheld the regulations, on Feb. 24.