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U.S. Democrats Split in Senate Vote on Agency’s Carbon Rules

Senate Republicans failed to block the Obama administration from using existing law to regulate greenhouse gases, although they won enough votes to damage Democratic hopes of passing a bigger pollution-reduction plan this year.

Six Senate Democrats joined Republicans yesterday in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned regulations for carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate-change. The motion to disapprove the EPA’s carbon regulations from Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, was defeated 47-53 in a procedural vote.