By Timothy Cama - 06/04/14 04:34 PM EDT
Forty-one Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama Wednesday urging him to withdraw the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulations to limit carbon emissions from power plants.
The senators said the rules would increase electricity costs, reduce consumers’ disposable income and result in job cuts.
“This proposed rule continues your administration’s effort to ensure that American families and businesses will pay more for electricity, an important goal emphasized during your initial campaign for president, and suffer reduced reliability as well,” the senators wrote.
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In addition to the cost concerns, the senators said the EPA’s proposal runs afoul of the Clean Air Act and its limits on executive power.
It also includes elements of a cap-and-trade system, but Congress has rejected bills to institute cap-and-trade multiple times before, they said. The EPA’s rules do not actually include cap-and-trade, but they would allow states to use it to comply with their emissions-reduction targets.
“At a time when manufacturers are moving production from overseas to the U.S. and investing billions of dollars in the process, we are very concerned that an administration with a poor management record decided to embark on a plan that will result in energy rationing,” they said.
The senators sent the letter the same day McConnell tried to pass a bill that to block the EPA’s rules. McConnell tried to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems' Florida Senate primary nears its bitter end Trump haunts McCain's reelection fight 10 most expensive House races MORE (D-Nev.) blocked the move.
Every Republican senator signed the letter except John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).