July 18, 2016

U.S. House Passes Spending Bill That Would Rein In EPA Regulations

Before recessing for its summer break last week, the U.S. House passed its version of the fiscal year 2017 spending bill for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

As part of the debate on the bill, House members rejected an amendment, opposed by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI), to remove a provision that is in the bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants. (Click here to see how your member of Congress voted on this amendment.) 

The spending bill eventually passed, with the anti-EPA regulation still in it, on a mostly party line 231 to 196 vote (only three Democrats voted for it), but President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the measure. (Click here to see how your member of Congress voted on passage of the bill.) The Senate also has yet to take up the measure and it is unclear whether there will be enough votes in the upper chamber to keep the EPA-related amendments in the bill.