Frankfort, Kentucky - Senator Mitch McConnell says he plans to force a vote to stop new Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
He says, "Look, Kentucky is facing a real crisis here. The Obama Administration appears to be sending signals that its latest regulation is just the beginning in a new, expanded front in its War on Coal. Already, the Administration's regulations have played a significant role in causing coal jobs in my state to plummet. These are good jobs that pay more than $1 billion in annual wages to my constituents. And for every miner with a job, three more Kentuckians will hold a coal-dependent job too.So the Majority Leader and his Washington Democrat caucus now have a choice. Are they going to stand with the coal families under attack in places like Kentucky and West Virginia and Colorado, or are they going to continue to stand with the powerful left-wing special interests that want to see their jobs eliminated".
McConnell and about 40 Republican co-sponsors including Senator Rand Paul, filed a resolution of disapproval under the congressional review act to ensure a vote.