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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill MORE (R-Ky.), Appropriations ranking member Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTrump asks for another billion in disaster aid Congressional leaders eyeing two-year caps deal up to 0 billion Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training MORE (R-Miss.) and Democrats Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownScott Garrett poses real threat to EXIM Bank, small businesses Class warfare fight erupts over tax bills Senators Hatch, Brown have heated exchange on GOP tax plan 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 LandrieuYou want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible CNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' 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 TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterAnother perfect storm: Why we must act before flood insurance runs dry Democrats scramble to contain Franken fallout  GOP campaign committees call on Democrats to return Franken donations 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.