U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), a Member of House Republican Leadership, today released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 3409, the Stop the War on Coal Act:
"The EPA's costly regulatory assault on our nation's energy producers threatens American jobs and drives up energy costs for families and small businesses. That is why House Republicans passed a common-sense package of proposals today to put an end to the Administration's war on coal that is harming our already weak economy.
"With chronic unemployment plaguing our nation under the President's failed policies, it is imperative that we stop excessive red-tape that is forcing layoffs in the coal industry. This series of bills not only blocks some of the Administration's damaging new regulations, but also requires an analysis of the economic impact that rules and regulations have on energy prices, jobs and our global competitiveness. House Republicans have passed several bills from our American Energy Initiative, and it's past time for the Senate to join us in our efforts to expand domestic energy production and protect American jobs."