House Republicans plan to eliminate a global warming committee created by Democrats despite an attempt by the panel's top Republican to preserve it.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, in line to be speaker in the new Congress, said disbanding the panel is part of the Republican pledge to cut waste in government.
"The global warming committee doesn't need to be a separate committee," Boehner said. "We believe the Science Committee is more than capable of handling this issue, and in the process we'll save several million dollars."
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican who was in line to become chairman, announced the committee's fate at a hearing Wednesday. Sensenbrenner had urged the committee's preservation so Republicans could use it to rein in the Obama administration's efforts to curb global warming.
A spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who created the panel three years ago to highlight climate change issues, called the decision "very disappointing."
The panel's chairman, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., was an architect of so-called cap-and-trade legislation to limit carbon emissions.
Republicans denounced it as a job-killing energy tax and used it as a cudgel against Democratic candidates in elections that cost them control of the House.