U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell made the following comments regarding reports the White House threatened to veto the Energy and Water Appropriations bill over Senator McConnell's pro-coal amendment:
"Senate Democratic leadership and the White House were so afraid that my pro-coal amendment would be approved by the Appropriations Committee that instead of letting us vote on it, they pulled the bill from consideration. And now, Senate Democrats on the committee have confirmed the White House threatened to veto the bill over my pro-coal amendment, thus confirming what we already know: The Obama Administration will stop at nothing to pursue its war on coal. They will even resort to vetoing a funding bill to ensure that the coal industry remains under EPA's thumb. I will not rest, however, in my efforts to stand up for Kentucky families and jobs against President Obama and his anti-coal agenda."