Both chambers of Congress are working fervently this week to strike down the president’s power plan, which mandates draconian carbon emission reductions rates on new and existing power plants. Even though President Obama is bypassing Congress and attempting to force states to follow suit, elected officials are underscoring an inescapable fact: the power plan is opposed by the majority of members of the Senate and the House and faces significant legal obstacles.
Here’s a look at what some members of Congress who are fighting to overturn this rule – both Republican and Democrat – are saying:
Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power, is leading the charge against EPA’s illegal regulation and frequently describes the agency as the “rogue political arm of the White House.”
Whitfield goes on to say, “their broad assertion of regulatory authority in these rules goes far beyond what is authorized by the Clean Air Act. These resolutions serve to halt EPA’s unauthorized actions and ultimately are about protecting ratepayers across the country from increased electricity prices, reliability threats, and job [loss].”
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp is also making sure the power plan doesn’t go unchallenged. She says the Senate’s resolution of disapproval is part of Congress’s “efforts to push back against EPA’s final rule for existing power plants — a rule that is totally unworkable as written for North Dakota’s utilities and regulators without causing severe reliability issues and massive rate increases.”
West Virginia Senator Shelly Moore Capito drives home the reality that the power plan will cause financial devastation for households across the nation, saying “our most vulnerable will bear the burden.”
Capito continues to explain that fighting the power plan is necessary because it unfairly “help[s] some states and really hurt[s] others…it target[s] states like West Virginia and North Dakota, where we produce some of the most affordable and reliable energy.”
The strong opposition demonstrated by a majority of Congressional members speaks volumes about the president’s deeply flawed regulations. The laudable actions of these elected officials will serve as a reminder that the policies of our nation should be crafted by those sent to Washington on behalf of the American people – not through executive fiat. Congress is indeed taking up the battle against President Obama’s illegal power plan and will continue to reassert its Constitutional authority as America’s lawmaking body.