Rockefeller to join GOP and vote against EPA climate rules sought by Obama

A senior Democrat said Tuesday night that he will vote with Republicans on a measure to cancel Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules to rein in climate change.

Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerBottom Line World Health Day: It's time to fight preventable disease Lobbying World MORE (D-W.Va.) said he would support Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump budget includes proposal for US Consulate in Greenland Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE's (R-Alaska) resolution of disapproval to halt EPA regulation of greenhouse gases.

“I intend to vote for Sen. Murkowski’s resolution of disapproval because I believe we must send a strong message that the fate of West Virginia’s economy, our manufacturing industries and our workers should not be solely in the hands of EPA," Rockefeller said in a statement.

The veteran senator's vote lends Republicans their most prominent bipartisan support for thwarting EPA rules that many Republicans and some Democrats claim will harm the economy. Rockefeller had said earlier that he might support the resolution.

Rockefeller acknowledged that the resolution — which requires only a simple majority to pass, instead of the 60 votes needed to end a filibuster — may not pass. "But my vote is squarely in favor of securing West Virginia’s future," he said about his home state, which relies heavily on coal mining.

Murkowski's resolution is set to come up for a vote in the Senate later this week.

Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid on 'Medicare for All': 'Not a chance in hell it would pass' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Bottom line MORE (D-Nev.) predicted Tuesday that Murkowski would come up short. "I've got my whip doing the numbers. It appears we're going to be OK, but we'll never know until the vote takes place," he told reporters in the Capitol.

Ben Geman contributed.