Rahall, McKinley plan bill to block EPA rules

 

Reps. Nick RahallNick Joe RahallOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 We shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs MORE (D-W.Va.) and David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court rules that pipeline can seize land from New Jersey | Study: EPA underestimated methane emissions from oil and gas development | Kevin McCarthy sets up task forces on climate, other issues Bipartisan lawmakers back clean electricity standard, but fall short of Biden goal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-W.Va.) said they will introduce legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The congressmen said they want to stop the new rules from wreaking havoc on West Virginia’s economy. The state is highly dependent on coal for electricity and jobs.

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“There is a right way and a wrong way of doing things, and the Obama Administration has got it wrong once again,” Rahall said in a statement. “This new regulation threatens our economy and does so with an apparent disregard for the livelihoods of our coal miners and thousands of families throughout West Virginia.”

Rahall is one of the most vulnerable Democrats in this year’s midterm elections. His opponent, West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins (R), has sought to tie Rahall to Democratic and Obama administration policies that critics say harm the coal industry. Rahall has tried to push a pro-coal message.

Rahall spoke on the House floor last week to lambast the rules and their effects on coal.

But the National Republican Congressional Committee responded to Rahall Monday by pointing to a record that they say included endorsing Obama, despite his hostility toward coal, supporting a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions and voting against a bill to allow Congress to stop EPA regulations.

Rahall’s bill would block both the rule proposed Monday and an earlier proposal to limit carbon emissions from newly built power plants.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is also planning to introduce a bill to block the rules.