The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday defied the president and approved two resolutions blocking EPA rules regulating power plants.

While both measures, which previously passed the Senate, will likely not withstand veto, they are a bit of an embarrassment to Barack Obama, who is in Paris arguing for ways to ameliorate manmade climate change.

The House voted 242-180 to block EPA rules governing existing power plants and 235-188 to block rules for new or modified power plants, Politico reports.

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The votes were largely along party lines, with most Democrats voting “nay” and most Republicans voting “yea.”

Republicans generally argue that the power plant rules will hurt America’s economy, and many are skeptical that climate change is a reality. Most Democrats, however, agree with Obama’s position.

Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted against both EPA measures. Her fellow Democrat, Mark Takai, missed the votes; he is said to be recuperating from pancreatic cancer surgery.

House members did manage to agree on another measure, this one the Breast Cancer Research Stamp Reauthorization Act. The vote was 422-1, with GOP member Justin Amash of Michigan the lone no vote.

They also passed by a vote of 364-58 the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016. Gabbard voted against it.


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