Jan 17 2014
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced she is joining a resolution of disapproval filed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The resolution is intended to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing its sweeping regulation on coal-fired power plants. It would ensure the Senate has a chance to vote on and repeal the regulation before implementation. Fischer issued the following statement:
“EPA’s anti-coal agenda will cost Nebraskans valuable jobs, increase electricity prices for middle class families, and jeopardize access to affordable, reliable energy. This latest regulation, which effectively bans coal-fired power plants from being built in the future, is especially harmful to states like Nebraska. Nearly two-thirds of our electricity is produced from this critical energy source. Rather than implementing a costly regulatory regime, the administration should work with Congress on policies that lower consumer prices and strengthen our energy security.”
On Thursday, Fischer questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy directly on the administration’s Climate Action Plan at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW). Fischer criticized the administration’s efforts to enact these new regulations through executive fiat while also disregarding their devastating impact on the nation’s economy and energy prices. Video of her statements at yesterday’s hearing is available HERE.