House’s emissions-related votes

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed two emissions-related measures, with the Republican voice leading.

House Votes to Block Carbon Tax and Regulate EPA

House Votes to Block Carbon Tax and Regulate EPA
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure this month that would prevent U.S. EPA from taxing carbon emissions. House Republicans voted unanimously for the measure, with 12 Democrats joining them, for a vote of 237-176. However, both opponents and supporters believe a carbon tax might be attractive as Congress gradually moves toward wholesale tax reform, notes Eenews.net. Such a measure could potentially raise over $1 trillion over a decade. See also Energycommerce.house.gov.

The House has also voted to give the Department of Energy the right to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy-related regulations. Nine Democrats joined Republicans in passing the bill, for a 232-181 vote. However, the White House has said it would veto the bill on the basis that it would require duplicate reviews on EPA regulations; furthermore the Senate is not expected to consider the bill. Thehill.com

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