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Debbie Stabenow amendment would block EPA climate regulations

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has proposed an amendment to small business legislation that would suspend U.S. Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas regulations for two years.

The Senate is expected to vote today on S493, a bill to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs of the Small Business Administration.

Republicans have offered numerous amendments aimed at forcing Democrats to vote on EPA powers.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered an amendment that would prohibit EPA from taking any action to address climate change.

Stabenow’s amendment would give coal-fired power plants, oil refineries and other industrial sources a two year exemption from new EPA rules that require them to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

Stabenow spokespeople were not available to speak about the amendment.

The Hill reports that a League of Conservation Voters poll of voters in Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania this week shows most people support letting EPA regulate carbon pollution.

“Three in five (63%) voters in the three Midwestern states say they trust the EPA more than Congress to decide whether there should be new standards for carbon pollution,” states a summary of the poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates.

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