U.S. senate vote against bill to block EPA's ability to regulate GHG

08:46, June 11, 2010      

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The U.S. Senate voted Thursday against a bill to block U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, giving President Barack Obama a boost on climate change issue.

The bill, offered by Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, was killed by a tally of 53 to 47.

Republicans, and the six Democrats who voted with them to advance the resolution, said Congress, not bureaucrats, should be in charge of writing climate change policy. But Democrats said it made no sense to undermine efforts to curtail GHG emissions.

Obama welcomed the vote in a statement, saying the vote "is yet another reminder of the urgent need to pass legislation that would help America transition to a 21st century clean energy economy that would create jobs, strengthen our national security, and protect our environment for our children."

The White House had warned Obama would veto the bill if it cleared the Congress.

"If the President is presented with this Resolution of Disapproval, which would seriously disrupt EPA's ability to address the threat of (greenhouse gas) pollution... his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the Resolution," it said Tuesday in a statement.

Source:Xinhua

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