Sen. Cory Gardner had a chance to take a stand against his fellow Republicans’ plans to ax methane emissions regulations in a way that prohibits similar rules, but he demurred last week.
Instead it was Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John McCain of Arizona who voted with Democrats to block the use of the Congressional Review Act on methane emissions rules established for oil and gas extraction operations on federal and tribal lands. Michael Bennet, Colorado’s Democratic senator, bragged on Twitter he cast the final and deciding vote stopping debate with a 51-49 result. We appreciate Bennet’s vote on a tough issue.
Gardner, a first-term Republican from Yuma, says he wasn’t voting on the merits of the bill, but rather to move forward the issue for debate.