Senate Republicans have vowed a major fight with the Obama Administration to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has launched a resolution of disapproval of the EPA's endangerment decision from last week after an a initial attempt to block the agency's finding was unsuccessful.
During a press conference Thursday on the introduction of the legislation under the Congressional Review Act, Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., endorsed the move. Murkowski says she's got the 30 votes needed to force her resolution out of committee and that it can't be filibustered. However it could be vetoed by the President, which would require a two-thirds vote in both chambers to override.
Meanwhile, Representative Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has introduced a resolution of disapproval of the EPA decision in the House.
"The EPA must be stopped from making decisions that circumvent Congress and are not supported by current law," Moran said. "The Clean Air Act was never intended to regulate greenhouse gases and proceeding with this rule would have devastating effects on the economy. EPA-imposed regulations would prove more costly than the cap and trade bill I opposed in June. With the highest unemployment in a quarter century, the last thing Americans need is more bureaucratic red tape and fees that would destroy more jobs."