GOP targets vulnerable Dems on EPA rule

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is launching a robocall campaign tying vulnerable Democratic incumbents to Monday’s proposed carbon emissions limits for power plants.

Starting Tuesday, the group will call swing voters in Louisiana, Colorado, Alaska and Virginia, where the NRSC said incumbents have not done enough to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule. The NRSC is citing estimates from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that the rules could cost 224,000 jobs a year.

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According to the NRSC, Sens. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (D-Va.), Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (D-Colo.) and Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lobbying world MORE (D-Alaska) have supported other carbon emissions regulations backed by Democrats and the Obama administration, including cap-and-trade.

Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuA decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ MORE (D-La.) has given money to Democrats who support the regulations and supports Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the calls say. All senators are facing reelection.

In statements Monday, Landrieu said she opposed the regulations, Udall said he supported them and Warner and Begich did not take positions.

The NRSC robocalls are only one of the ways in which Republicans are attacking Democrats over the power plant rule.