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 McConnellProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Trump hits Kaine on TPP: He supports a 'job killer' Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ky.), Appropriations ranking member Thad CochranThad CochranWhy a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Capitol locked down for second time in a week This week: Congress eyes the exits in dash to recess MORE (R-Miss.) and Democrats Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownPortman secures another union endorsement over Democratic challenger in Ohio Sanders aide dismisses challenging Kaine VP spot Union group backs GOP Sen. Portman in Ohio race MORE (Ohio), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonFormer GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting Housing groups argue Freddie Mac's loss should spur finance reform On Wall Street, Dem shake-up puts party at crossroads MORE (S.D.), Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuBrazile’s new role? Clean up DNC mess oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (La.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (Ark.), Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Jon TesterJon TesterSenate Dems push Obama for more Iran transparency Bayh jumps into Indiana Senate race Six senators call on housing regulator to let Congress finish housing finance reform 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.