We blogged here about Sen. Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution of disapproval of the EPA’s greenhouse gas endangerment finding, which provides the legal basis for the agency’s recently promulgated “tailoring rule” for stationary source emissions and its light-duty vehicle emissions rule. On Thursday, June 10, the Senate will vote on the disapproval resolution. Per a unanimous consent agreement between Sen. Murkowski and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate is slated to debate the resolution for ten hours, with no filibusters or amendments allowed. Sen. Murkowski has secured forty-one co-sponsors for the resolution, including Democrats Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), but it is not clear whether she will be able to garner the additional ten votes needed for passage.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress may nullify agency rules by joint resolution. Even if Sen. Murkowski’s disapproval resolution passes the Senate, its prospects in the House are dimmer and a veto from President Obama almost certain.
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