Rahall also said the EPA is not required to consider the impact on jobs. "These are not matters that the EPA is required to consider, or equipped to address," he said. "To simply allow the EPA to move ahead on its own in crafting a national strategy on climate change is a recipe for disaster."
Democratic Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.) also spoke out in support of the bill. Boren said limiting the EPA's authority would save "thousands of American jobs," while Peterson said U.S. agricultural producers want to ensure the EPA is "reined in."
These Democrats are three of the 12 who voted in support of the rule for the bill, H.R. 910. The others were Reps. Jason Altmire (Pa.), Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Mark Critz (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Tim Holden (Pa.), Larry Kissell (NC), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike Ross (Ark.) and Heath Shuler (NC).