Kevin McCarthy

Republicans target Obama rules on methane, coal

House Republicans on Wednesday kicked off their efforts to block or undo scores of regulations and executive orders issued by President Barack Obama.

On a near party-line vote, lawmakers approved legislation that would allow Congress to overturn, with a single vote, executive branch regulations finalized near the end of an outgoing president's term.

The bill was approved, 238-184, and now goes to the Senate. Four Democrats joined 234 Republicans to support the bill.

Republicans said the bill would stem what they call a growing trend by presidents of both parties to impose costly "midnight rules" during their last few months in office.

The bill's chief...