Industry, business groups urge senators to block EPA's greenhouse gas rules

The Senate is returning Nov. 13 for a post-election lame-duck session and will have to pass either a fiscal year 2011 omnibus spending package or another continuing spending resolution before the current one expires Dec. 3. 

“We recognize that the Senate and the House were under a strict timeline to pass a CR before the September 30, 2010 deadline, making it difficult to include amendments and additional provisions,” the groups wrote. “While keeping the government running is critical, lawmakers also need to make sure government funds are used in ways that advance economic recovery and environmental improvement. In that context, there is an urgent need to delay EPA’s implementation of the stationary source rules.”

The senators receiving the letter were Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCongress nears deal on help for miners Shutdown fears spur horse-trading GOP, Trump administration huddle on tax reform MORE (R-Ky.), Appropriations ranking member Thad CochranThad CochranPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill MORE (R-Miss.) and Democrats Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownCongress nears deal on help for miners Overnight Energy: Lawmakers work toward deal on miners’ benefits Congress nears deal on help for miners MORE (Ohio), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (S.D.), Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Five unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist MORE (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (Ark.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Jon TesterJon TesterDems hunt for a win in Montana special election Tester raises M for reelection The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Mont.). 

Dorgan, Johnson, Landrieu, Nelson and Pryor have supported other efforts to either prevent or delay EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Brown and Specter are coal-state senators who industry groups hope could be swayed based upon the effect the EPA climate limits could have on the coal industry.