Today, Congressman John Sullivan offered the following statement after House Passage of H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011. Sullivan introduced the bipartisan TRAIN Act to protect American jobs we are in danger of losing due to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) costly, burdensome regulatory agenda. H.R. 2401 passed the House with bipartisan support.
"This is a huge win for the American people and an essential step to protect American jobs -- jobs that we are in danger of losing due to the Obama Administration's environmental regulatory agenda. The fact is EPA has no idea how these regulations are impacting global competitiveness, energy and fuel prices, jobs or reliability of the electricity supply -- eight of the EPA regulations addressed in this bill will cost a minimum of $1 billion each on the U.S. economy. I firmly believe the American people deserve an honest accounting of how much the Obama Administration's energy and environmental regulations are costing our economy and that is exactly what the TRAIN Act provides.
"One of the actions in my bill that we study is the regional haze issue which greatly impacts my state of Oklahoma as this is yet another example of EPA overreaching on the states with burdensome regulations without analyzing its impact on electric reliability or cost. This EPA action alone is expected to cost $2 billion to Oklahoma businesses and electric ratepayers -- this is unacceptable."
"The TRAIN Act is just common sense, good government for American workers and businesses. Its pretty astonishing that EPA isn't doing this already. In these tough economic times, if there is one thing that can help our struggling economy it is having access to stable and reliable sources of energy. My bill will help provide for that and protect jobs at the same time."