Republican Study Committee Chairman Steve Scalise's anti-carbon tax amendment passed the House today. Passage of the amendment marks the first time the House has gone on record opposing a carbon tax.
"President Obama's plan to impose a tax on carbon would cause household electricity rates to skyrocket while destroying millions of American jobs," Scalise said. "The House sent a strong bipartisan message to President Obama that a tax on carbon would devastate our economy and he needs to drop any idea of imposing this kind of radical regulation. The Obama Administration has used every trick in the book to implement its radical agenda through back door regulations. This amendment is necessary to prohibit a carbon tax from being imposed by unelected bureaucrats on behalf of the President without legislative action and oversight. We need to restore common-sense to Washington, and put an end to the liberal tax, regulate, and spend agenda that is destroying our middle class economy and reducing opportunities for the poor."
Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), a strong supporter of the Scalise amendment, noted that the amendment prevents the President and the EPA from bypassing Congress and imposing a devastating national energy tax that would affect every American.
"Struggling Americans who have been unable to find a job or have not seen their paychecks grow would be hit with this national energy tax every time they pay their utility bills or fill up their gas tanks or go to the grocery store," Camp said. "It would also be another tax on manufacturers and another increased cost of doing business imposed on middle-class families by the Obama administration."