Energy & Power Subcommittee to Vote on Whitfield Resolutions that Protect Affordable and Reliable Electricity


Whitfield: The EPA has become a rogue political arm of the White House

Washington, D.C. – October 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01), has scheduled a markup for Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The subcommittee will consider Chairman Whitfield’s two resolutions, H.J. Res. 71 and H.J. Res. 72, disapproving of the two final rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new and existing power plants.

Chairman Whitfield recently introduced two resolutions under the Congressional Review Act disapproving of two final rules issued by the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new and existing fossil-fuel fired power plants. The rules seek to fundamentally change the way America generates, distributes, and consumes electricity. The resolutions will protect grid reliability and ratepayers around the country from higher electricity prices, and protect states and their citizens from having to implement a highly complex, intrusive, and unworkable regulatory cap and trade scheme.

Chairman Whitfield commented, “The EPA has become a rogue political arm of the White House. Their broad assertion of regulatory authority in these rules goes far beyond what is authorized by the Clean Air Act. These resolutions serve to halt EPA’s unauthorized actions and ultimately are about protecting ratepayers across the country from increased electricity prices, reliability threats, and jobs. Next week we will take an important step to keep the lights on for folks in Kentucky and throughout the country.”

An electronic copy of H.J. Res. 71 and H.J. Res. 72 can be found on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website here. A background memo, amendments, and votes will be available at the same link as they are posted.

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