A House Vote on Manufacturing, Jobs, Energy, Competitiveness

The House begins its legislative business at noon today, and on the floor schedule is H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, i.e., the bill to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Twelve amendments sponsored by Democrats are scheduled for consideration, as well.

The National Association of Manufacturers sent a “Key Letter” to the House Tuesday reaffirming the NAM’s support for the bill.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) cited NAM’s concerns in an op-ed in The Washington Examiner today, “Capping the EPA’s backdoor energy tax.” The column is an excellent summary of what’s at stake for the manufacturing, the costs of energy, the economy and jobs.

No matter what side of the ideological spectrum you’re on, it is crystal clear that economic harm will certainly result from these rules and regulations, and it is incumbent on Congress to issue this cease-and-desist order to the EPA.

In the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, I represent an area that is home to three nuclear power plants, hydropower plants, ethanol and biodiesel plants, and two oil refineries. Our district embodies the all-of-the-above approach to energy that we must stand for.Nuclear energy production alone employs more than 2,500 people through the Illinois Valley.

Manufacturers and energy producers at the local and national level, such as Edison Power in my district and the National Association of Manufacturers, have made it clear that the Energy Tax Prevention Act is necessary in order to curtail the EPA’s overreaching regulations and create the certainty job creators need to grow their businesses and get more folks back to work here at home.

If Congress fails to pass this legislation, our country will be giving the EPA the green light to impose greenhouse gas regulations, without congressional authority, which will inevitably increase energy and consumer prices for American families and ship U.S. jobs overseas.

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