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House to Vote on Anti-EPA Amendment Today (UPDATE: Amendment Passes)

19 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Congress, House

Today, the House is slated to vote on an amendment that would block the EPA from regulating carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act.

The amendment???attached to the continuing resolution currently under consideration???would eliminate funding for the EPA to enforce carbon pollution safeguards for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.

The amendment is more expansive than the anti-EPA language already in the CR???the CR itself defunds the EPA's efforts to regulate carbon pollution for the purpose of mitigating climate effects, while the amendment in question would defund the EPA's efforts to regulate carbon pollution regardless of the purpose.

A more sweeping bill???which would outright strip the EPA of their authority to regulate greenhouse gasses???is being planned by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and is expected later this year.

UPDATE: By a vote of 249 to 177, the anti-EPA amendment has passed the House.

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