U.S. Representative Will Hurd acted to protect energy consumers today by voting in favor of the Ratepayer Protection Act, which passed the House on a largely partisan vote. This bill will delay, pending a judicial review, the deadline power plants are facing to comply with new carbon dioxide emission rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also gives states relief from implementing the Obama Administration's Climate Action Plan if it's determined that it will adversely impact prices or the reliability of the state's electricity grid.
"This executive overreach would have led to higher electric bills for households and small businesses across the country," said Hurd. "Families are already struggling to make ends meet and the last thing they need is an EPA mandate that will increase the cost of electricity, groceries and other necessary items."
Hurd also noted that anything that negatively impacts American Energy Security is a direct hit against American National Security. "Our enemies would love to see our nation struggling with higher energy costs right now. During this dangerous time, we need stability like never before."