EPA blocking bills rejected

Two proposals to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants were voted down in the Senate April 6.

One amendment, sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., was attached to a bill dealing with the Small Business Administration. The amendment was voted down 88-12.

Another proposal, sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was rejected in a 50-50 vote. McConnell’s bill would have restricted EPA regulation of greenhouse gases for an indefinite period while Rockefeller’s proposed restriction would have lasted two years.

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