Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after the Obama administration announced new regulations on coal-fired power plants in America.
"Power plants across America have already begun to shutter because of this administration's anti-energy policies. This new regulation only escalates the White House's hostility toward the fossil fuels that power America's economy. With gas prices already soaring, American families and small businesses now stand to face higher electricity bills, and they have this administration's policies to thank. This rule is a dramatic overreach and a heavy blow to one of America's richest natural resources -- coal -- that the President once heralded but now ignores. Once again, there is an enormous gap between the President's rhetoric and his actions.
"An all-of-the-above energy strategy seeks to promote cleaner energy technology, but it does not extinguish the fuels of today in the process. This is yet another example of the administration siding with the President's political base instead of American families. The House has already passed legislation to fight the President's job-killing regulatory agenda, and we will keep fighting the administration's continued assault on American energy."
NOTE: On April 7, 2011, the House passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) to prevent the EPA from advancing its anti-business agenda through costly and burdensome regulations that would increase utility rates and cost jobs. On September 23, 2011, the House passed the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act (TRAIN Act; H.R. 2401) to require the administration to examine the cumulative impacts of these and other costly rules on jobs, energy prices, and the economy and to stop the administration from implementing two of the most damaging rules covering coal-fired power plants. The House passed both bills with bipartisan support but they have been blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Both are part of the Republican Plan for America's Job Creators.