U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement in response to President Obama's plan to further restrict emissions on existing coal-fired power plants.
"It's no surprise that the President plans to continue the war on coal he started from the moment he was sworn in four years ago," said Davis. "The fact remains that even without abusing his power by side-stepping the legislative branch of government, carbon dioxide emissions have already decreased in this country.
"Coal directly and indirectly employs thousands of people in the 13th District, and his plan could have disastrous consequences for our local economy and cost Illinois families their jobs, especially in areas still experiencing extremely high unemployment rates. If the President feels so strongly about his plan, he should respect the legislative process by drafting a bill and allowing Congress to debate the merits of his proposal."