U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, was flanked by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and a group of coal miners today as he participated in a press conference calling for the passage of the Stop the War on Coal Act. The press conference highlighted the need to put a hold on EPA regulations that are having a devastating effect on the coal industry. Jobs have been lost, and more will be lost, if someone does not stop the EPA and President Obama's assault on coal.
"I was pleased to join the majority in the House in passing H.R. 3409, the "Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act," Rep. Whitfield said. "The EPA's outright assault on coal is having a destructive effect on our economy, and we will likely see more and more coal-fired power plants closed and more mining operations shut down due to EPA's outrageous expansion of regulations. At a time of high unemployment rates, President Obama and his EPA should be working with coal states to create and retain jobs, rather than thwarting economic growth and causing miners to lose their jobs. Implementing this legislation will preserve jobs, and help our struggling economy."
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3409 233-175.