President Barack Obama on Saturday vetoed two resolutions passed by the U.S. Congress that sought to block the administration’s power-plant rules designed to cut emissions tied to climate change.
The measures targeted the Environmental Protection Agency rule limiting emissions from new power plants and a second standard that covers existing facilities. The regulations are a signature part of the president’s drive to combat global warming.
“The Clean Power Plan is essential in addressing the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in our country,” Obama said in his message to lawmakers. “It is past time to act to mitigate climate impacts on American communities.”
The so-called resolutions of disapproval passed the House on Dec. 1 and the Senate on Nov. 17 with majorities well short of what’s needed to override a veto.