Republican Senator Rand Paul said the Environmental Protection Agency is saddling states with job-killing “radical, extremist regulations.”
Inhofe: Fight Against EPA’s Job-Killing Train Wreck Regulations Ongoing
|- EPW Blog Thursday, November 10, 2011|
Washington, D.C. – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, spoke today on the Senate floor on the ongoing fight against the Obama Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “train wreck” regulations. He voted in favor of Senator Rand Paul’s bid to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Cross-State Rule, and an amendment sponsored by Senator John McCain which contains Senator Inhofe’s Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. Originally introduced as a bill in March 2011, the Energy Tax Prevention Act prevents the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
“Today the Senate had an important opportunity to debate the largest impediment to job growth and economic recovery facing our nation: President Obama’s EPA,” Senator Inhofe said. “In the past two years, EPA has issued an unprecedented number of rules – known as the “EPA train wreck” – which are slowing the economy and killing jobs. Taken together, these regulations could cost upwards of a trillion dollars, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and significantly raise energy prices for families, businesses, and farmers. In fact, from farm dust to puddles of water on the road, there are few aspects of American life EPA is not planning to regulate, and it is American families who will pay the price.
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is working to protect the President and his Democrat majority – but not American families. In fact, he won’t allow a debate on many of the challenges we face today because it would expose Obama’s failed policies. That is why Senator Paul was forced to bring the CRA forward. The irony is that the Senate stands ready to pass bipartisan legislation reining in EPA on a number of fronts, including the regulation of farm dust and industrial boilers. But these bills – which could provide real, substantive relief to families and job creators – may never see the light of day. Our fight against EPA’s job-killing train wreck regulations is ongoing and we will continue to take every opportunity to expose the havoc they will wreak on our economy.”
Pro-Life Senators, NRLC Derail “Abortion Express Train” in Senate!
November 16th, 2011 National Right to Life News
WASHINGTON (November 15, 2011) — To the surprise of many, an attempt by Senate Democrat leaders to fast-track a funding bill laden with pro-abortion provisions today ran into an immovable procedural wall — erected by a group of pro-life senators with the strong encouragement of National Right to Life.
Pro-abortion Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) attempted to move to the Senate floor a so-called “mini-bus” — a measure combining three different appropriations bills. This combo bill contained seven different provisions objected to by National Right to Life.
Among other offensive provisions were sections that would have removed an existing ban on government funding of abortion in the District of Columbia, removed a longstanding ban on coverage of abortion in federal employees’ health plans, and earmarked $40 million for the United Nations Population Fund.
In addition, the bill contained a provision authored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would have prevented any future president from curbing funding of pro-abortion organizations overseas. The last three Republican presidents have denied overseas family-planning funds to private organizations that perform or promote abortion (the so-called “Mexico City Policy”).
Senate rules do not allow appropriations bills to be combined in the way that Reid attempted, except by “unanimous consent,” meaning that each senator had the right to object and prevent the combination bill from advancing. Such “unanimous consent” has been achieved in the past, for other multi-bills that did not contain pro-abortion provisions. But today, pro-life Senator David Vitter (R-La.) took to the Senate floor to deny Reid the “unanimous consent” that was required. Vitter was joined by other pro-life senators, including Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
“National Right to Life commends Senators DeMint, Vitter, Paul, Lee, and their allies for courageously derailing the Abortion Express Train,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.
Because of the successful strategy pursued by NRLC, specific amendments dealing with the various abortion-related issues — which had been promoted in alerts disseminated by some organizations in recent days — will not be needed this week. All such pro-life amendments would face tough odds in the current Senate.
Johnson warned, however, that there are likely to be further attempts by the Senate Democratic leadership to attach pro-abortion provisions to various funding bills for the rest of the year. “We’ll be keeping a hawk-like gaze on all of these appropriations bills,” Johnson said.
SENATOR RAND PAUL
News Clips 11.17.11
- Voting for clean air was a refreshing move from senators – The Journal Tribune
- Abortion-related provisions delaying passage of spending bills in Congress – American Independent
- Can Newt Gingrich Pass Tea Party Muster? – National Journal
- US Senate Republicans Announce Welfare Reform – Fits News
- Editorial | Coal’s price – Louisville Courier Journal
- Perry’s Call to Zero Out Foreign Aid Wins Few Accolades – Real Clear Politics
- Pro-Life Senators, NRLC Derail “Abortion Express Train” in Senate! – National Right To Life News
- Oil Soars Past $100, Seaway Reversal to Ease Glut – CNBC
- Blue Dogs break with Dems on balanced-budget amendment – The Hill
- Kentucky Rep. speaks out against possible special session – Lexington Herald Leader
- TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners – Pro Publica
- Solyndra Case Reveals Gateway Between Administration Loans, Obama Allies – Fox News
Voting for clean air was a refreshing move from senators
The Journal Tribune
The resolution, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, would have blocked implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which is designed to limit the spread of dangerous air pollutants across state lines, according to the American Lung Association in Maine.
Abortion-related provisions delaying passage of spending bills in Congress
The American Independent
NRLC is taking credit for how the Senate floor proceedings went Tuesday, claiming that anti-abortion-rights Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) denied Reid the unanimous consent required to pass the minibus because of a “successful strategy pursued by NRLC.”
Can Newt Gingrich Pass Tea Party Muster?
The National Journal
Especially when compared to stick it-to-the-man tea party heroes like Rep. Allen West of Florida and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Gingrich doesn’t seem to fit the part. He is the man.
US Senate Republicans Announce Welfare Reform
Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced that he would soon introduce the Welfare Reform Act of 2011 with original cosponsors including U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), and David Vitter (R-Louisiana). Companion legislation has been offered in the U.S. House by U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Editorial | Coal’s price
Louisville Courier Journal
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said the Environmental Protection Agency was saddling states with job-killing “radical, extremist regulations.”
Perry’s Call to Zero Out Foreign Aid Wins Few Accolades
Real Clear Politics
Clearly, there’s a division among those who identify with the Tea Party; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a darling of the movement, offered a funding amendment in September that would have nixed foreign aid altogether. It was soundly defeated in the upper chamber, with 78 senators voting against him.
Pro-Life Senators, NRLC Derail “Abortion Express Train” in Senate!
National Right to Life News
But today, pro-life Senator David Vitter (R-La.) took to the Senate floor to deny Reid the “unanimous consent” that was required. Vitter was joined by other pro-life senators, including Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah).
Oil Soars Past $100, Seaway Reversal to Ease Glut
U.S. oil prices surged Wednesday to close above $100 a barrel for the first time since June, propelled by news of a critical pipeline reversal that will ease a year-long oil glut in the Midwest.
Blue Dogs break with Dems on balanced-budget amendment
The conservative Blue Dog Democrat coalition officially endorsed the House Republican balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, breaking with Democratic Party leaders and the White House.
Kentucky Rep. speaks out against possible special session
Lexington Herald Leader
The top-ranking Republican in the Kentucky House is urging Gov. Steve Beshear to reject suggestions for a special legislative session to redraw legislative boundaries.
TSA Puts Off Safety Study of X-ray Body Scanners
The head of the Transportation Security Administration has backed off a public commitment to conduct a new independent study of X-ray body scanners used at airport security lanes around the country.
Solyndra Case Reveals Gateway Between Administration Loans, Obama Allies
As the White House rejects charges that the Obama administration was motivated by politics in its decisions on green energy loans, scrutiny is increasing over the preference given to Democratic donors seeking federal loans.
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