The vote in the House was 223 to 197, with 35 mostly farm-state Democrats joining Republicans in support. Most Democrats held out for the broader bill.
"This House should not go home while literally hanging our ranchers out to dry without a safety net to get through this drought," said freshman Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), who is from a ranching family.
Lawsuit originates from environmental justice groups concerned about increased emissions in poor communities.
A judge has temporarily halted the nation’s most ambitious program to give power plants, utilities and other polluters financial incentives to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled Friday that state air quality regulators failed to properly consider alternatives to their so-called cap-and-trade program, a key piece of California’s landmark global warming law, AB 32.
Goldsmith ruled that the failure to consider alternatives violated state environmental law, so the California Air Resources Board must conduct further review before implementing the plan.
Source: LA Times (a good paper!)