House passes resolution that would repeal a Trump-era EPA rule on methane emissions

By Daniella Diaz and Kristin Wilson, CNN

    (CNN) -- The House voted Friday to repeal a Trump-era rule that rolled back regulations of methane emissions from oil and gas industries, sending a resolution to President Joe Biden's desk for his signature as his administration looks to combat climate change.

The final vote was 229-191. All Democrats supported the resolution, and 12 Republicans broke ranks and supported it as well.

The resolution would restore an Obama-era rule that controlled leaks of methane from oil and gas operations.

In September, the Trump administration rolled back the 2016 regulation limiting methane leaks by requiring companies to monitor and repair new natural gas equipment.

The Senate passed the resolution at the end of April under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to roll back regulations imposed by the executive branch. The CRA allows Congress to rescind within 60 legislative days a regulation put in place by an administration without having to clear the 60-vote threshold in the Senate that is necessary for most legislation.

The Republicans who voted for the resolution were Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Pete Sessions of Texas, Brian Mast of Florida, Andrew Garbarino of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, John Katko of New York, Young Kim of California, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, Tom Reed of New York and Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida.

This story has been updated with additional developments Friday.

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