Following months of debate and political wrangling, a bipartisan group of senators received an up or down vote to stop overreaching actions by the Environmental Protection Agency's attempts to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. The Senate voted against a resolution disapproving the EPA's overreach by a vote of 47-53. The failure of the resolution of disapproval allows the EPA to continue their plans to regulate carbon emissions.
Prior to the vote, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi spoke to his colleagues on the Senate floor encouraging them to stop the EPA from overreaching its bounds and to allow Congress to decide climate policy, not unelected bureaucrats.
In December, the EPA announced that six greenhouses gases, including carbon dioxide, were a danger to public health and welfare and that the Agency would use the Clean Air Act as authority to regulate those gases.
Following the EPA endangerment finding U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, from Alabama, introduced a resolution of disapproval, to prevent the EPA from using the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions. Under the Congressional Review Act of 1996, Congress has the opportunity to veto rules and regulations developed by federal agencies.