WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed June 4, 2014
McConnell Coal Bill Won't Come Up for Vote
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky introduced the legislation this week to head off the EPA’s new rule to reduce carbon emissions at power plants, but Democratic leadership is not allowing the bill to come up for a vote.
On the floor of the Senate Wednesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked consideration of Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s Coal Country Protection Act.
McConnell responded that President Obama's new energy regulations would "ship middle class jobs overseas, splinter our manufacturing base, and boost energy costs for struggling families."
“Opponents of this bill would be supporting job loss in Kentucky, our economy being hurt, and seniors’ energy bills spiking – for almost zero meaningful global carbon reduction," asserted McConnell.
The EPA announced this week a plan to reduce carbon emission at power plants by 30 percent over 15 years. McConnell’s bill would prevent the new rule from taking effect until the Obama administration can prove no jobs will be lost and that energy prices won’t increase.