Today the House of Representatives passed the Stop the War on Coal Act by a vote of 233-175 which will halt many of the Environmental Protection Agency’s onerous regulations negatively impacting manufacturers. The NAM issued a Key Vote letter on the bill earlier this week.
This morning, several House Republicans held a press conference on Capitol Hill with West Virginia coal miners to discuss how the Stop the War on Coal Act is needed to help save jobs. Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R-MI), Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and the author of H.R. 5409 Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) all participated in the press conference calling for the Obama Administration to halt these harmful regulations which costing jobs.
Regulations from the EPA such as Utility MACT and Boiler MACT are driving up energy prices for manufacturers and hurting their ability to compete. Rep. Johnson spoke this morning about the regulatory impact on manufacturers saying, “We talk about manufacturing and the need to bring back a resurgence of manufacturing in America, and yet this Administration’s war on coal goes about attacking the very energy sources that would fuel that resurgence in manufacturing.”
Rep. Johnson also urged the Senate to take up his bill as soon as possible to help save coal mining jobs. With unemployment lingering at over 8 percent manufacturers simply can’t afford these onerous regulations which threaten to shut down the coal industry. We need a serious “all-of-the-above” energy strategy which includes all sources of energy keep costs low to help create jobs and encourage investment and growth.