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

WASHINGTON (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 approved two resolutions Tuesday disapproving Obama’s power-plant rules and rendering them inoperative. The measures were approved 242-180 and 235-188.

The votes come after the Senate approved identical motions last month under a little-used law that allows Congress to block executive actions it considers onerous. The White House has vowed to veto the maneuver.

Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky says GOP lawmakers were forcing a vote on the climate rule to “send a message to the climate conference in Paris that in America, there’s serious disagreement with the policies of this president.”


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