House Panel Targets EPA Rules in Vote
WASHINGTON—A House panel Tuesday voted to delay two sets of Environmental Protection Agency air-pollution rules by 15 months.
The House Energy and Power Subcommittee advanced a pair of bills that the Republican-controlled House is expected to take up later this fall. It’s not certain that they could pass the Senate, but the bills approved Tuesday demonstrated support in both parties to stop EPA rules affecting cement plants and industrial and commercial boilers.
The vote came less than two weeks after President Barack Obama delayed a separate rule on smog, displaying at least some willingness to reconsider environmental regulations during the economic downturn.
Republicans have promised to continue their efforts to stop other parts of the EPA’s agenda, and the initiatives approved Tuesday could resurface during coming negotiations to cut the federal deficit and set federal spending levels for 2012. (WSJ)