Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Measures to Stop the Obama Administration’s Regulations on Coal-Fired Plants
‘[T]his battle is unlikely to be short or easy. But hardworking Americans and middle-class Kentuckians should know that I’m going to keep standing up for them.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding measures to overturn the Administration’s job killing regulations:
“As I noted this morning, Senators from both parties have joined together to work toward overturning the Administration’s deeply regressive energy regulations.
“These regulations will ship more Middle-Class jobs overseas.
“They will punish the poor.
“They will make it even harder for coal families in states like Kentucky to put food on the table.
“And for what?
“They won’t make a noticeable difference to the environment of our planet.
They won’t do a thing to meaningfully affect global carbon levels.
“It seems some just want to be able to pat themselves on the back for ‘doing something,’ even if they’ve accomplished hardly anything at all — except hurt those who struggle to make it. Higher energy bills and lost jobs may be a triviality to some folks on the Left, but it’s a different story for the Middle-Class Kentuckians I represent.
“Senators in both parties are saying it’s time to take off the ideological blinders.
“Senators in both parties are saying it’s time to instead think about those who’ve already suffered enough the past few years.
“We’ve worked together to file bipartisan measures that would overturn the Administration’s two-pronged regulations.
“I joined Senator Heitkamp, a Democrat, and Senator Capito, a Republican, on a measure that would address one of those prongs: the one that pertains to existing energy sources.
“Senator Manchin, a Democrat, joined me as I introduced a measure that would address the other prong: the one that pertains to new sources.
“These bipartisan measures together represent a comprehensive solution.
“I’m pleased to be joined here on the floor by both Senators from West Virginia, the Senator from North Dakota, the Senator from Montana, and the Chairman of the Environment Committee.
“I know they’ll have more to say about the measures we’ve filed and the process associated with them.
“As I said this morning, this battle is unlikely to be short or easy. But hardworking Americans and middle-class Kentuckians should know that I’m going to keep standing up for them.”
Related Issues: Jobs, Regulations, Middle Class, Coal, EPA, Energy