In the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling) voted to pass out of committee H.R. 910, the "Energy Tax Prevention Act, which amends the Clear Air Act to state that greenhouse gases are not "air pollutants," and, therefore, cannot be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The committee also approved H.J.Res. 37, disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practices. Upon the vote, Congressman Latta issued the following remarks:
"Not only are the EPA's green house gas regulations and the FCC's net neutrality rules bad policy, I do not believe that either agency possesses the authority under current law to put these rules into effect. Limiting these agencies powers will help prevent government intervention of the Internet, keep energy prices affordable and stop job killing regulations.
"While Democrats scream in opposition of the energy act, we should note that even the author of the 1990 revision of the Clean Air Act, a Michigan Democrat, says the act was never intended to address the climate.
"House Republicans are doing the right thing for our country and Democrats should join us."