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The Next Front in the War on the EPA?

11 Feb 2011  |   Damien Shirley

We mentioned earlier that some members of Congress are pushing for significant cuts to environmental programs in the continuing resolution that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.

Now The Hill is reporting that the battle over the CR might become the latest front in the war on the EPA--it looks like EPA opponents might insert language into the CR itself to strip the EPA of their authority to regulate carbon pollution. It's also likely that some members of Congress might go even further and push for a floor amendment to either strip the EPA of that authority directly or defund them enough to prevent them from regulating carbon pollution.

The benefit of a floor amendment for the anti-EPA crowd is that amendments are subject to a full vote of the House, which would effectively put every Representative's stance on the EPA on record. Then again, considering the unpopularity of undermining the EPA, it's possible that the floor amendment gambit might backfire on opponents of the EPA.

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