House lawmakers today advanced a second antiregulatory bill in as many weeks in response to a new White House directive for utility plants that will negatively impact electricity prices for nearly all American consumers.
The Obama administration's new maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards and cross-state air pollution rule (CSAPR) for utility plants would affect approximately 1,000 power plants nationwide, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), resulting in higher energy rates in many parts of the country.
The bill, H.R. 2401, would establish an interagency committee that would report the economic costs of EPA regulations that impact energy and manufacturing. This is the second vote in a 10-piece regulatory relief agenda announced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and an original cosponsor of this proposal, I believe that Congress must investigate the harmful effects that the EPA's burdensome regulations may have on jobs in the United States.
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