As the Senate Vote Nears on EPA Overregulation…

The National Association of Manufacturers is running TV and radio spots urging Senators to vote for the amendment sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to prevent the attempt of the Environmental Protection Agency to extend its control over the U.S. economy through its regulation of greenhouse gases.

The ads are available at the campaign’s website:

The NAM just sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging Senators to vote for the McConnell amendment and opposing two alternative amendments that fail to achieve the desired goal: Protecting the U.S. economy, manufacturers and workers from costs of EPA overregulation. The amendments may provide a modicum of political cover, but they simply extend the uncertainty that threatens the U.S. economic recovery.

As NAM President Jay Timmons wrote in a blog post at The Hill, “A choice: Recovery or regulator?“:

Manufacturers have been proved a bright spot during the U.S. recovery, making new investments, hiring thousands of employees every week, and exporting more than other sectors of the economy. Yet uncertainty compels the companies to practice caution, holding off investments until it’s clear just how much control over the economy the EPA will wield.

When Senators vote on the McConnell amendment this week, they will be choosing between a private-sector led recovery and the uncertainty and costs threatened by an unrestrained regulator, the EPA. Manufacturers ask that the Senators embrace the recovery by voting for the McConnell amendment.

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And William O’Keefe, CEO of the George C. Marshall Institute, offers a good analysis of the clear political consequences of this week’s vote in an Investor’s Business Daily op-ed, “Key Vote At Hand On EPA Authority,” noting the introduction of the alternative, weaker amendments sponsored by Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV):

Even trade unions are worried about the political and economic fallout of the agency’s massive new regulatory push.

They all have good reason to worry. Voters are in no mood to back politicians who show little regard for their top concern — creating jobs. In fact, voters fired more than a dozen lawmakers in 2010 who’d backed the so-called “cap and trade” greenhouse gas bill.

Jobs and the economy are still top concerns — global warming barely registers in these polls—and given the low expectations for economic growth between now and Nov. 2012, that’s almost certain to continue into the next election.

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