Top GOP policy issues at a glance

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 2:40 AM
Top GOP policy issues at a glance

House Republicans have dotted nine remaining spending bills with well more than 100 "riders" that would redirect government policy or maintain it in some cases despite objections from President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. Most are unlikely to survive in final negotiations on a massive bill for funding government operations through next September.

The most notable would:

_Prevent the immediate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Obama's 2010 overhaul of the nation's health care system.

_Block the Energy Department from issuing new regulations on energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

_Eliminate funding for a database on the safety records of consumer products.

_Prohibit the District of Columbia government from providing abortions.

_Block the Environmental Protection Agency from developing or implementing a "stream buffer zone" rule opposed by mountaintop removal mining interests.

_Prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries.

_Permit mining on lands near the Grand Canyon.

_Block the EPA from putting new rules into effect that require cement plants to control their emissions of mercury and other pollutants.

_Block new EPA rules on coal-fired power plants requiring lower emissions of hazardous air pollutants like mercury.

_Bar public radio stations from using federal subsidies to purchase content from National Public Radio.

_Block new safety rules requiring coal mining companies to obey new limits on exposure to coal dust.

_Eliminate funding for federal family planning programs.

_Deny funding to Planned Parenthood unless it stops providing abortions.

_Provide teen pregnancy prevention grants only to programs that promote an abstinence-only approach.