Measure to overturn MATS defeated

In a June 20 vote, the Senate defeated Senate Joint Resolution 37, Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) measure to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). The measure needed 50 votes to be overturned, but was defeated in a vote of 46-53.

“By voting for my resolution, SJR 37, members of the Senate can prevent the Obama EPA from inflicting so much economic pain on American families,” Inhofe wrote in a column for CNN.

A statement from the Office of the President released on June 18 stated that “if the President were presented with S.J. Res. 37, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the resolution.”

MATS requires the power industry to reach compliance with standards for mercury and hazardous air pollutants by 2015.

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