Congress Backs Court Challenge to Obama's Climate Plan

Feb 23, 2016

  West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is 1 of more than 200 members of Congress that is backing a court challenge to President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A brief filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington argues that the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its legal authority by regulating carbon dioxide emissions.

Led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, those signing on include senators and Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Manchin is the group's lone Democrat.

About two dozen mostly GOP-led states have sued to stop the Clean Power Plan, which aims to slow climate change by cutting power-plant emissions by one-third by 2030. The Supreme Court has delayed implementation of the plan until the legal challenges are resolved.