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We All Saw This McConnell and EPA Fight Coming

January 16, 2014

We All Saw This McConnell and EPA Fight Coming

Here's why it matters.

President Obama wants to make climate change his legacy. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to get reelected this year (and win the Senate). Talk about oil and water. This won't mix well.

 

Today, we saw the first round in this battle when McConnell filed a disapproval resolution to stop EPA's climate-change rules under the Congressional Review Act right as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was touting those rules to a Senate committee.

Republicans have failed to stop other EPA rules this way. And McConnell faces legal questions about whether he can invoke this tool on a proposed rule when the law states it must be final.

That aside, the stakes are much higher this time. For the Republicans, control of the Senate hangs in the balance. For Obama, he needs the EPA to succeed to count climate action as a legacy issue.

Both sides will fight harder than they ever have before. That's why today matters.

Amy Harder
@AmyAHarder
aharder@nationaljournal.com

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