House La. Republicans seek Senate vote on EPA regs

 

Louisiana’s GOP House delegation have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) encouraging him to allow a Senate vote on a bill to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s power plant carbon regulations.

Calling the EPA’s rules, which were unveiled earlier this week, “costly, backdoor cap-and-trade style regulations,” the congressmen said the carbon emissions limits would curb Louisiana’s economic growth by $8.2 billion and cost 36,000 jobs.

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Those figures were based on a Chamber of Commerce report that made assumptions that did not align with the rule, including that emissions would be reduced 42 percent, compared with the 30 percent in the proposal.

“Prior academic studies and expert testimony have well documented that both high energy prices and rampant unemployment have significant public health ramifications,” said the letter, signed by Reps. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE, Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyLobbying world Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership MORE, Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOvernight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax House votes to disavow carbon tax Why the rush to condemn a carbon tax? MORE, John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingOvernight Energy: Watchdog opens investigation into Interior chief | Judge halts Pruitt truck pollution rule decision | Winners, losers in EPA, Interior spending bill amendments Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Coast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane MORE and Vance McAllister.

The congressmen asked Reid to bring to the Senate floor two recent bills the House has passed. One would require new review and oversight of the EPA’s most expensive regulations, while the other would prevent cap-and-trade policies, the representatives said.

“Our nation’s economy is still struggling and our national unemployment rate is still to high,” they wrote. “The federal government should focus on creating jobs instead of proposing regulations that hamstring the economy, raising utility costs for families and destroying tens of thousands of jobs.

Louisiana Sens. David Vitter (R) and Mary Landrieu (D) have both spoken out against the EPA’s proposal.