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 McCaskillClaire McCaskillDem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Manchin: Sanders backers should challenge me in Dem primary The DNC in the age of Trump: 5 things the new chairman needs to do MORE (D-Mo.), Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownWhy we must base the banking regulation debate on real data Sanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (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 McConnellMitch McConnellRyan: Trump 'a chairman' who 'delegates the details' Five things to watch for in Trump’s address Speaker Ryan faces crucial stretch MORE (R-Ky.), is based on legislation authored by Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeA guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP bill would eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau MORE (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 BaucusMax BaucusFive reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation MORE (D-Mont.), would exempt agriculture from the climate rules. The second, by Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (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.