GOP to Introduce Resolution to Block EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Posted March 1, 2010 at 2:31pm

House Republican leaders will hold a press conference on Tuesday to introduce a resolution of disapproval to try to block the expansion of greenhouse gas regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency.

In December, the EPA released an “endangerment finding” that stated that the “current and projected concentrations” of six gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, were a threat to “public health and welfare of current and future generations.”

The finding allows the EPA to expand regulation of the gases under the Clean Air Act, a move that Republicans say will kill jobs and raise taxes.

If signed into law, the GOP resolution would prevent the EPA from using the finding to change the country’s emission standards.

The resolution has 82 co-sponsors, including Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Energy and Commerce ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas), Oversight and Government Reform ranking member Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Agriculture ranking member Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).

The House measure is identical to a resolution of disapproval introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) earlier this year, according to House GOP aides.

The Murkowski measure has 40 co-sponsors, including three Democrats.