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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 Conner McCaskillPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (D-Mo.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Overnight Finance: Senate repeals auto-lending guidance, shattering precedent with vote | House passes IRS reform bills | Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel Dem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Trump has not invited Democrats, media to state dinner: report MORE (R-Ky.), is based on legislation authored by Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeDems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting Overnight Energy: Former Pruitt aide alleges more wasteful spending, retaliation | Senate confirms EPA No. 2 | Zinke backs off big park fee increases Senate approves Trump’s pick for No. 2 at EPA 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 Sieben BaucusGreen Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan Farmers hit Trump on trade in new ad MORE (D-Mont.), would exempt agriculture from the climate rules. The second, by Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Overnight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term 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.