Over the last two days, the House and Senate will have voted on legislation that would strip, limit or delay EPA’s rules that target greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources. Yesterday saw votes on four different amendments in the Senate, none of which passed. However there were some interesting notes to take away from the votes.
The most important note is that 64 senators voted for amendments that would affect the EPA’s rules. However, not all of the supporters voted for the same amendments. The most successful of the amendments was the one offered by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Their amendment, which would have stripped the EPA of its ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, received 50 votes.
The other three amendments offered were by Sens. Rockefeller (D-WVA), Baucus (D-MT) and Stabenow (D-MI). These amendments did not receive much support at all. The fact 64 senators would like to see the EPA reigned in is fairly significant. However, the likelihood of those 64 Senators coming to an agreement on how it should be done is very slim.
Today, the House will vote on Sen. Inhofe’s companion bill, HR 910, which has been brought to the floor by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). Late last night, Republicans defeated a number of amendments brought forth by their Democrat counterparts. HR 910 is expected to be approved by a wide margin today.