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House passes amendment on carbon tax

Aug. 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The House of Representatives passed an amendment to legislation that would require the White House to get congressional approval before imposing a carbon tax.

The amendment, proposed by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was passed Friday by a 237-176 vote, The Hill reported.

"Struggling Americans who have been unable to find a job or have not seen their paychecks grow would be hit with this national energy tax every time they pay their utility bills or fill up their gas tanks or go to the grocery store," Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., who supported the amendment, said in a statement. "It would also be another tax on manufacturers and another increased cost of doing business imposed on middle-class families by the Obama administration."

The amendment is attached to a bill that would require Congress to approve regulations that carry a $100 million economic impact or greater, which will not likely pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, The Hill said.

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