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Texas Congressmen File Amendment to Block Funding for EPA Mandates

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Today, Texas Congressmen Ted Poe (TX-02), Joe Barton (TX-06) and Rep. John Carter (TX-31) introduced an amendment to H.R. 1, the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR), to eliminate funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be used to implement, administer or enforce any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of greenhouse gases from stationary sources that is issued or becomes applicable or effective after January 1, 2011.

"This amendment will put an end to any back-door attempt to go around Congress and circumvent the will of the people," said Rep. Ted Poe.

"Americans across the country have rejected this policy. And despite being rejected by Congress, the administration has defiantly ignored the will of the people, and the law, to further its own political agenda. It is absolutely necessary that Congress take immediate action to ensure that the EPA does not continue to run amuck and destroy industry across the board in our country."

"The Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration have overstepped their bounds by enacting regulations that will put the American economy in a straight jacket," said Rep. Barton. "Enough is enough. The economic warfare the EPA is waging on the American worker must be stopped. This amendment kills the regulatory overreach by preventing the EPA from using funding to regulate emissions of several gasses, including CO2. We aren't repealing any air quality standards already in the Clean Air Act. Our goal is to take Washington bureaucrats out of the equation and let's America's businesses get our economy get back on track by doing what they do best - create jobs."

Rep. John Carter stated, "This pending greenhouse gas regulatory nightmare is working as a massive hiring roadblock to every business in America. There is no way the private sector can commit to major new investment in employees or infrastructure while the EPA considers carbon dioxide to be a pollutant and continues scheming on how to strap American businesses with yet unknown costs and red tape. This is further providing a very bad incentive to move production offshore, where the same businesses can operate without EPA interference, with no environmental restrictions, and at the cost of even existing U.S. jobs."


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