GOP-run Senate panel takes on Obama environmental rules

Associated Press: Republicans controlling a powerful Senate committee moved Thursday to block Obama administration initiatives to curb global warming, issue new clean water rules and regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal land. The vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee represents a sweeping attack on the president's ambitious environmental agenda. Republicans say the rules themselves are an assault on the coal industry, farmers and western landowners. The battle played out on a $31 billion spending bill......

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