Rockefeller May Affirm Congress’ Policymaking Role vs. EPA

From The Hill, E2Wire, the environmental and energy blog, “Rockefeller may back Murkowski plan to block EPA climate rules,” reporting on the remarks Monday by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) that he “could very well” support the resolution of disapproval sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

“It is a message about EPA,” Rockefeller told reporters in the Capitol on Monday evening. “I think it will send a message regardless of how many votes it gets.” That message, he added, “would be with respect to EPA’s closing in on coal.”

Meanwhile, Climate Wire reports Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) in effect asking the EPA to force Congress into making policy.

Begich said he is “strongly considering” voting against Murkowski’s resolution to block EPA from issuing climate regulations because the EPA threat keeps pressure on the Senate to pass a comprehensive energy bill.

“We need a comprehensive energy plan and if this keeps the fire under these guys to get something major done, I’m all for it,” Begich said.

You know, with an activist judiciary writing laws and legislators abdicating their responsibilities to the Executive Branch, we won’t need a Congress anymore. Much more efficient for getting things done.

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