Environment & Energy Report

Democrats’ Repeal of Trump Power Rule Rollback Faces Long Odds

Oct. 17, 2019, 10:58 AM

Senate Democrats face an uphill battle in a vote slated for today on their attempt to repeal the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken carbon pollution limits for U.S. power plants.

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed to use expedited floor procedures under the Congressional Review Act to scrap the EPA rule but also Trump administration health regulations and a rollback of limits on state and local tax deductions in the 2017 tax law. It could be passed with just a simple majority vote.
  • But with Republicans controlling the Senate 53-47, Democrats would need to avoid any defections—including coal-state Democratic...
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