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Senate Democrats block Cornyn-backed measure to end backdoor EPA regulations
Apr 08, 2011 | 924 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) voted Wednesday for an amendment introduced by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) that would have barred the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing backdoor cap-and-trade regulations.

Senate Democrats defeated the measure by a vote of 50-50 (60 votes were required for passage).

“The EPA has enacted rules on greenhouse gases that Congress never intended, pushing a job-killing agenda through backdoor regulations that will cripple economic growth at a critical juncture in our recovery,” Sen. Cornyn said. “The EPA’s overreach is emblematic of the administration’s larger energy policy that champions new offshore drilling in Brazil and new energy taxes at home, but obstructs production of red, white and blue energy that creates jobs in Texas and across the nation. It’s disappointing my Democrat colleagues put partisan politics ahead of American jobs and lower energy prices.”

The amendment, based on the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which was co-sponsored by Cornyn, would have protected jobs in America’s manufacturing sector, protected consumers from higher energy costs, put Congress in charge of the nation’s climate change policies, and preserved the public health provisions of the Clean Air Act.
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