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House Votes to Block EPA Regs on Coal-Fired Electricity Plants

The House voted today to override a proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule limiting carbon emissions from future coal-fired electricity plants. 

Members passed the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, H.R. 3826, in a mostly partisan 229-183 vote. Only 10 Democrats votes for passage. 

The bill is a response to a proposed EPA rule that Republicans say would require new coal-fired plants to achieve an emission standard that is virtually impossible using today’s widely available technology. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), the bill’s sponsor, says that means the rule will effectively ban new power plants. More…