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House Republicans: Bill Barring EPA Authority & Blocking Clean Air Act

January 25, 2011

The Hill reported on January 6, 2011:

Nearly 50 House Republicans offer bill to block EPA climate rules

Dozens of Republicans used the opening day of the new Congress on Wednesday to introduce legislation that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse-gas emissions.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sponsored the bill. The measure’s 46 co-sponsors are all Republicans except for Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.).

The bill would amend the Clean Air Act to declare that greenhouse gases are not subject to the law, according to a brief description in the Congressional Record.

While GOP leadership’s specific legislative approach to attacking EPA remains to be seen, the quick introduction signals that blocking climate rules is plainly on the agenda for the new GOP majority.

January 24, 2011
House Energy and Commerce EPA bill to be unveiled in a month

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are working on a bill to limit EPA’s climate authority. The bill, energy subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) said late Monday night, will be unveiled in the next four to six weeks.

Whitfield suggested the bill will be a broad indictment of the EPA’s policies. It will touch on the EPA’s air transport rules, its new source review requirements and its plans to impose new greenhouse gas standards large facilities.

The committee will have a series of hearings on the legislation, Whitfield said. “We’re not going to just introduce a bill and take it to committee for a vote,” he said.

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