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 McCaskillMcCaskill welcomes ninth grandson in a row Dem group launches M ad buy to boost vulnerable senators Senate Dems block crackdown on sanctuary cities MORE (D-Mo.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownLawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves Dem senator shares photo praising LeBron James after Laura Ingraham attacks Trump gets recommendation for steep curbs on imported steel, risking trade war 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 McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.), is based on legislation authored by Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' | White House says Trump has confidence in VA chief | Russia concedes 'dozens' of civilians injured in Syria clash Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived House passes deal to end shutdown 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 Baucus2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer Steady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate MORE (D-Mont.), would exempt agriculture from the climate rules. The second, by Sen. Jay RockefellerJohn (Jay) Davison RockefellerOvernight 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 Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers 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.