On the heels of another major announcement by coal producers to idle mines and eliminate jobs for Southwestern Pennsylvania families as a result of excessive regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Congressman Tim Murphy participated in a special order on the House floor Wednesday evening and today released the following statement applauding passage of H.R. 3409, the Stop The War on Coal Act. The bill passed the House by a vote of 233-175.
"Over the past week, several American coal producers have announced they would idle mines and cut jobs as a result of excessive regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. This is further proof that the EPA's "War on Coal' has real victims, putting hard-working family members, friends and neighbors out of a job," said Congressman Tim Murphy. "These cutbacks will mean higher electric bills for families and factories, and fewer job openings for the boilermakers, truck drivers, equipment makers, and factory workers whose livelihoods depend upon this reliable and affordable source of American energy. The American people have called for an all-of-the-above energy policy, which is why I voted in favor of the Stop The War On Coal Act (H.R. 3409) today. With this bill, we can protect Pennsylvania's strong coal heritage, which is not only a critical component to steel production, energy independence and affordable electricity--but an economic engine fueling thousands of direct and indirect jobs across the United States each year. I urge my Senate colleagues to follow the House's lead and take up this bill for an immediate vote."