Manufacturing industry targets vulnerable senators in ads blasting EPA rules

The ads call on the public to press their senators to “say no to costly new regulations,” which NAM says will harm the economy. Vulnerable lawmakers that are specifically mentioned in the ads include Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Here’s the full text of the television ads:

“Manufacturing has always provided good jobs that support our local economies. But times are tough. So why is the EPA pushing new regulations that could force businesses to close and lead to more job losses, making times tougher, increasing energy costs and prices for goods and services. It’s not too late, call [name of senator and office phone number]. Stand up for [name of state] manufacturing. Say 'no' to costly new regulations.”

The Obama administration insists that the upcoming regulations will not impose undue burdens on industry and they underscore the public health benefits of improving air quality.

NAM says the campaign cost several million dollars, but a spokesman for the group would not give a specific cost figure.

Votes are expected on the amendment to block EPA climate rules this week. The amendment, offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is based on legislation authored by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.).

Companion legislation in the House passed a key committee earlier this month and a vote on the House floor is expected in the coming weeks.

The bill would permanently eliminate EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants and refineries.

Two other amendments that would limit EPA’s climate authority could also come up for a vote this week. The first, by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would exempt agriculture from the climate rules. The second, by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), would delay EPA’s climate regulations by two years.

Senate leadership will meet later Monday night to determine a schedule for votes on the amendments.

In the days leading up to the vote, environmentalists have worked to oppose the amendments. The League of Conservation Voters released a poll Monday that says voters in key battleground states support EPA climate regulations.