Today, Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted in support of the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, a legislative response to the Obama Administration's anti-coal agenda that is shutting down American energy producers and costing thousands of jobs in Kentucky and across the nation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed this legislation on a bipartisan vote of 233-175. H.R. 3409 now awaits consideration by the U.S. Senate.
"For the past three and a half years, this Administration has waged war on Appalachian coal with job-killing regulations and a permit moratorium -- driving coal out of the marketplace and miners out of work," said Rogers. "In this year alone, Kentucky has lost over 2,000 good-paying coal jobs and dozens of businesses are downsizing as a result.
"Coal is not America's energy problem, it is America's energy solution -- which is why this costly onslaught on Kentucky coal miners and American businesses has got to stop. The Stop the War on Coal Act will prevent Washington bureaucrats from issuing regulations that kill jobs and further set back our slow economic recovery. I am proud to stand in support of coal miners and coal communities today by sending a message to the President that his policies are wrong-headed not only for coal, but for our country."
Rogers has been a leading voice in Congress decrying EPA's vast regulatory overreach, which has been killing jobs around the country but particularly in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Today's legislation, H.R. 3409, is a package of five bills which aim to stop this assault on American coal. Included in the bill are three proposals, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act, and the Coal Residuals and Reuse and Management Act, which have all been separately passed in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.