House Passes Payroll Tax Resolution Supporting Keystone XL and Halting Boiler MACT

By December 20, 2011Energy

This afternoon the House voted 226-185 to pass H.Res. 501, which expressed the sense of the House regarding a final measure to extend the payroll tax holiday. The resolution included sections pertaining to the economic impact of the EPA’s Boiler MACT rules and the importance of the Keystone XL pipeline.

H.Res. 501 on Boiler MACT:

Whereas EPA’s new proposed rules for boilers would cost manufacturers, colleges and universities, municipalities, and small businesses $15 billion and put up to 240,000 jobs at risk;

Whereas significant concerns with EPA’s new proposed rules cannot be adequately addressed or remedied unless Congress passes legislation; and

Whereas the House of Representatives passed on October 13, 2011, by a vote of 275 to 142, with the support of 41 Democrats, legislation that would overturn EPA’s Boiler MACT rules and require the agency to re-propose new rules in 15 months after date of enactment, with achievable standards, and an extension of the compliance period.

The Boiler MACT rules are creating unnecessary uncertainty for manufacturers of all sizes. In order to fully halt the Boiler MACT regulations Congress must pass legislation. The NAM will continue to advocate for passage or legislation to stop these job-crushing regulations.  

H.Res. 501 on Keystone XL:

Whereas construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, and to the United States Gulf Coast through Cushing, Oklahoma, is a $7 billion energy project that will enhance the energy security and economy of the United States;

Whereas the Keystone XL pipeline will create 20,000 direct jobs and 118,000 indirect jobs;

Whereas the Keystone XL pipeline has been subjected to three years of intensive environmental review, and was deemed environmentally sound by the U.S. Department of State in its August 26, 2011, Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS);

The Keystone XL pipeline will immediately put Americans back to work. Access to affordable energy is paramount to manufacturers’ competitiveness and this project provides another important source of energy to manufacturers. We will continue to urge the Administration to approve Keystone XL as soon as possible.

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