Senate Rejects Prohibiting EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Senate Amendment 183, which is a companion legislation to H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, was rejected by a vote of 50-50; the measure required a 3/5 majority vote for passage. This amendment to the Small Business Reauthorization Act prohibits the EPA from promulgating regulations including greenhouse gases such as water vapor and carbon dioxide in its vehicle emission standards.

The vote was largely on a partisan line, with only one Republican Senator, Susan Collins (ME) voting against it, but with Democrats Mary Landrieu (LA), Joe Manchin (WV), Ben Nelson (NE), and Mark Pryor (AR) voting for it.

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