McConnell: Dems afraid to fight Obama climate rule

Senate Minority 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.) called Democrats chicken on Thursday for canceling a markup on its energy and water spending bill.

The reason: an amendment from McConnell would have blocked President Obama's latest standards reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the nation's existing power plants.

McConnell took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to scold Democrats for pulling the bill, stating Democrats are too "afraid to challenge the Obama administration's" new regulations.

“Kentucky families, especially our coal families, continue to struggle under the Obama economy," McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday.

"And the Senate Democrat leadership’s latest action is yet another example of the lengths they’ll go to defend Obama administration’s regulatory agenda — an agenda Washington Democrats seem willing to protect at all costs, even when supposedly pro-energy Senate Democrats try to make us think otherwise," he added.