Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in support of legislation approved today by the House of Representatives to rein in regulatory overreach at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013, a bill to help protect consumers from new billion-dollar energy regulations that could lead to higher energy prices and job losses.
"The amount of regulation created under this administration is truly staggering and the EPA is continually one of the worst offenders," Blackburn said. "Over-regulation has a chilling effect on the economy and job growth. These regulations place an unfair burden on new and existing power plants in this country and raise the price we pay at the pump. With many people already struggling to afford to pay their electric bill or put gas in their car, these regulations are hitting American families in the pocketbook at the worst possible time. This legislation makes commonsense reforms to rein in the EPA and protect hard-working taxpayers from the type of regulatory overreach that drives up energy costs and kills jobs."