FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch
McConnell has filed an amendment to a pending small business bill
that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing
new regulations on carbon emissions.
McConnell filed the amendment on Tuesday, calling the regulation
"a back-door national energy tax."
The Kentucky senator charged that the regulations would lead to
higher prices for gasoline, groceries, electricity and natural gas
while stalling economic and job growth.
McConnell said the regulations would destroy jobs, especially in
coal states like Kentucky. His amendment is identical to a bill
sponsored by Republican Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Ed
Whitfield of Kentucky that is pending in the House Energy and
Commerce Committee today.
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