Dan Akaka and Dan Inouye were in the majority of a 53-46 vote on Wednesday (June 20) that shot down a GOP-led effort “to scuttle Environmental Protection Agency regulations that mandate cuts in mercury pollution and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants.”

The Hill has this report. Excerpt:

The … vote against Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda.

Five Republicans joined 48 Democrats in blocking Inhofe’s measure to overturn regulations that coal industry groups and other critics contend will hurt the economy, cause power costs to spike and force numerous plants to shutter.

—Chad Blair

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