Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) joined a bipartisan majority that passed the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (HR 2681), which would prevent three new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that threaten plant closures. The bill says to step back and look at finding achievable environmental goals, not pie in the sky goals that would cost billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.
"The President always talks about "jobs,' yet his EPA proposes rule after rule that would harm local businesses," Shimkus noted. "And with unemployment rates over ten percent in all of the seven southernmost counties in Illinois, this bill is necessary."
The bill would give EPA 15 months to come up with a new proposal that would be achievable. Industry would have five years to then comply with the rule.
A wide range of business, labor, and tax groups supported the legislation. The bill came out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on which Shimkus serves.
This bill passed 262-161 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.