Montana’s Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines has introduced legislation to effectively block President Barack Obama’s proposed environmental regulations that would cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
The bill, HR 4850, would stop the EPA’s regulations from taking effect until the government certifies that the regulations would not cost jobs, harm gross domestic product or raise electricity rates.
“Montanans rely on coal to provide good, high-paying jobs, deliver affordable electricity to our families and to fund our schools, libraries and parks. President Obama’s war on coal is a war on Montana’s economy, workers and families,” Daines said in a prepared statement.
“This common sense bill protects Montanans from job losses and increased energy prices that would result from the EPA’s job-killing regulations. I will keep fighting against regulations that squeeze the middle class and make life more difficult for Montana families who depend on coal and all that it provides for our state.”
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