Today’s EPA vote will affect Senate elections 

President Obama has used the threat of new EPA carbon regulations to pressure Congress into adopting futile and economy-busting caps on carbon emissions. Today, the Senate will pronounce its verdict on these gangster government tactics by voting on a resolution disapproving them.

The vote on the so-called Murkowski resolution is important because it forces the Senate to do something it has been avoiding for political reasons. After letting House Democrats walk the plank on cap-and-trade (Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan’s cooperation in moving that bill last June has already cost him his seat in West Virginia), the Senate has been avoiding the issue to the extent possible. Assuming that Senate Democrats manage to avoid such a politically damaging vote until November, this will be the Senate’s cap and trade vote.

The question is whether, without legislative approval, the EPA should be allowed to impose a back-door regulatory scheme intended to increase the price of carbon-based energy. Senators who vote against this resolution do so at their own peril. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., announced early that he will vote yes, having already seen the writing on the wall from Mollohan’s defeat. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, on the other hand, plans to thwart his constituents’ wishes by voting “no.”

President Obama has promised a veto.

Murkowski’s amendment consists of a single run-on sentence:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the endangerment finding and the cause or contribute findings for greenhouse gases under section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act (published at 74 Fed. Reg. 66496 (December 15, 2009)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

The resolution is set forward under the Congressional Review Act, a Contract with America provision that lets Congress review and reject regulations drafted by the executive branch.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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