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White House threatens to veto bill blocking EPA
White House threatens veto of House bill to delay EPA pollution rules
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The White House is threatening to veto the latest attempt by House Republicans to thwart pollution regulations, saying the GOP bill would slow and undermine critical health protections.

The Republican-controlled House is set to debate the legislation later this week. The bill requires the president to set up a committee to examine the cost of EPA pollution rules on electricity and gas prices, electric reliability and jobs. Republicans also plan to tack on measures to delay regulations to curb mercury and other harmful pollution from power plants for years.

Republicans say the analysis is needed to prevent regulations from doing unnecessary harm to the economy.

But the White House ' which earlier this month delayed issuing stricter smog standards citing economic reasons ' said such reports were redundant and costly.

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