Should President Obama defend, delay, or preempt his administration's climate-change rules?
Congress is debating legislation that would, to varying degrees, limit the Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas emissions regulations. The House is expected to pass a bill that would preempt the rules entirely by the end of this week. The Senate, meanwhile, may vote on as many as four amendments that restrict the regulations. In the ongoing budget talks, lawmakers and the administration are considering whether policy riders such as those that restrict EPA's regulatory power should be included in a bill that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Washington must strike a deal by the end of the week to avoid a government shutdown.
What are the repercussions for the economy and public health if any of these measures become law? Should Obama take a more firm position on his administration's rules as Congress debates them?