The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would give oil companies the right to sue President Donald Trump over alleged climate change.
The House voted 233-205 to repeal a 2016 regulation that gave the industry a legal right to challenge the federal government on climate change claims.
It was the second time the House has passed a repeal of the regulation.
The bill also would allow companies to sue to stop the EPA from using its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
It would give the EPA 30 days to respond to the lawsuit, though that timeframe would be limited to the case.
Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress, have used the repeal to push for oil industry regulations and environmental protections in recent years.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in March that the administration should “step back” from the fight against global warming and instead focus on cutting greenhouse gas pollution.
Ryan’s remarks came after Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to expand oil and gas production and protect the environment.
He said the action would help protect jobs and increase economic growth.
The order allows the oil and energy industry to create nearly 1 million new jobs and invest billions in energy-related projects.
The oil and natural gas industry has long argued that the Clean Power Plan, which Trump signed into law, unfairly targets them.
The regulations were intended to cut emissions from the nation’s power plants and prevent the development of new coal-fired power plants.
Environmentalists said the new law would help fuel the growth of fossil fuel extraction and exacerbate the problem of global warming.
“This law is designed to create a corporate welfare industry that will create billions in new tax breaks and new jobs, and that’s exactly what the oil industry is doing,” Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., said.
“This is a slap in the face to the American people.”