The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 28-23 Wednesday to delay and allow states to opt put of the Obama administration’s climate rule for power plants.

According to multiple reports, the bill, sponsored by Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), is meant to protect ratepayers and responds to concerns from utilities and stakeholders.

Per The Hill:

“We know that rates will go dramatically in many states. [The North American Electric Reliability Corp.] and others have indicated that reliability is going to be affected,” he said at the Wednesday meeting to vote on the bill.
Whitfield called the regulation “a federal takeover of the electric generating and distribution system, which has never occurred before.”
The bill sets out regulations that would not allow Obama’s signature climate act to go into effect until all court challenges have been exhausted — a term that is undefinable.
The Ratepayer Protection Act also allows for states to veto the federal program should they find that the EPA law would cause harm or damage to their state.
Democrats were outraged by the bill. Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas) said, “Allowing for endless legal challenges or partisan political discussions is not the proper way to handle an issue that affects the entire scope of the environment and the economy.”

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) called it “irresponsible” while Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) called it a “thinly veiled excuse for states to do nothing about climate change.”