Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule

(AP) — As President Barack Obama works to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress are moving to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

The House was poised to pass two resolutions disapproving Obama's power-plant rules and rendering them inoperative. The measures were approved last month by the Senate under a little-used law that allows Congress to block executive actions it considers onerous. The maneuver is subject to a presidential veto and has rarely been successful.

Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky said GOP lawmakers were forcing a vote on the rule Tuesday. He says it's important to "send a message to the climate conference" that there's disagreement with the policies of the president.