Congressman Peter Roskam, Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the House passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act, 255 -- 172, to block the EPA from imposing cap-and-trade by regulation:
"I applaud the House for blocking new job-crushing energy taxes on families and employers. Americans have already overwhelmingly rejected a national energy tax by cap and trade, and the EPA's proposal is just a back-door effort to accomplish exactly that by regulation. Unilaterally regulating greenhouse gases would increase energy costs in every home and every business, meaning higher bills and less jobs. It would cripple manufacturers -- job creators -- who use roughly one-third of our nation's energy. For my manufacturers in the western and northwestern suburbs of Chicago, I'm glad the House acted to stop this job-crushing regulation."