As President Obama and senior administration officials head to Paris next week for a worldwide summit about climate change, the House will be taking three votes that could affect the president's plans.
The House is scheduled to vote on two Senate resolutions to block the Clean Power Plan, Obama's signature environmental regulations to limit carbon emissions at power plants. The White House has said that Obama would veto the resolutions.
The resolutions are mostly a symbolic measure to show Obama, and the rest of the world meeting at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, that Congress opposes the Clean Power Plan. Twenty-seven states have sued to block the rule, as have many industry groups.
Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., who introduced identical resolutions to block the new regulation in the House, said he believes the resolutions would protect consumers from high power bills.
"The resolutions the House will be voting on next week are identical to those that passed the committee and will serve to protect American ratepayers from increased electricity prices and reliability risks caused by EPA's highly controversial power plant rules," Whitfield said.
"Next week's vote will give members an opportunity to put the priorities of the American people first — jobs and affordable and reliable electricity."
The House version of the resolutions were advanced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The resolutions would need 290 votes to override Obama's veto.
Louis Finkel, vice president for government affairs at the American Petroleum Institute, said he fully expects the resolutions to pass but not survive a veto.
Environmentalist groups are telling activists to get in touch with lawmakers and urge them to vote against the resolutions.
Heather Shelby, an action network manager with the Environmental Defense Fund, told supporters they need to tell their lawmakers to vote against the resolutions because the Clean Power Plan is the nation's best plan to fight climate change.
Many scientists say the greenhouse gases emitted from burning fossil fuels, such as the coal and natural gas that fuel many power plants, is causing climate change and the warming of the planet.
"The truth is, this 'Congressional Review Act' takes aim at the biggest step America has ever taken to combat the climate crisis," Shelby said. "The Clean Power Plan finally ends our era of unlimited carbon pollution by putting national limits on America's fossil fuel-fired power plants for the very first time. Now is not the time to be moving backwards."
Lawmakers also are scheduled to vote on the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015. The bill is a large energy package that supporters say reinvests in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, modernizes energy infrastructure against cyber attacks, severe weather and electro-magnetic pulse, and streamlines the approval process for liquefied natural gas export projects.
Finkel said he expects lawmakers will attempt to attach a repeal of the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil to the bill.
"We've crossed over that threshold where the policy argument has been made and resolved," he said.
The White House has signaled Obama would veto a repeal of the oil export ban. The House passed a standalone bill in October and it's in committee in the Senate.
He said the mood has changed in Congress to reflect the belief that the so-called "American model," producing more energy through low-emission natural gas, is working.
As the House works in Washington on being able to increase liquefied natural gas exports, Finkel said he hopes the administration officials in Paris will promote an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy that includes fossil fuels.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz signaled last week that's the message he wants to bring to the global conference.
"We're already seeing reduction in carbon emissions as a result of the rise in natural gas, and that trend, in my mind, will clearly continue," Finkel said. "We should not have to choose between economic growth and environmental protection. I don't think those two have to be mutually exclusive."