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Obama pouts, tries end-run around Congress, vote in Senate to defund EPA next week

Yes. We all remember the battle. June 26 2009 the day the House passed cap and trade. Conservatives who knew this would damage our country, jobs, way of living and lifestyle put pressure on the Senate and the bill was never passed.

However, the Pouter-in-Chief who didn’t get his way attempted an end-run around Congress to get his beloved job-crushing energy tax passed.

Using an April 2, 2007 SCOTUS decision 549 U.S.497, that the EPA does have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration has attempted to circumvent Congress and push through EPA regulations which began on January 2, 2011.

In summary, what these new regulations did was:

  • Cost up to 1.4 million jobs by 2014 and 2.5 million by 2030
  • Decrease capital investment by as much as 15 percent by 2014, or more than $75 billion
  • Reduce Gross Domestic Product by $500 billion by 2030
  • Increase the cost of gasoline by 50 percent, electricity by 50 percent, and natural gas by 75 percent over the next 20 years
  • Reduce worker compensation by $700 per year

In response to this, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Subcommittee on Energy & Power Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) to block EPA’s controversial backdoor climate change agenda that would further drive up the price of energy for American consumers and job creators at a time when gas prices are already spiking and job creation remains weak.

On February 18 the House voted 249-177 to block funding for the EPA’s implementation of these regulations.

Now, next week the fight goes on to the Senate. Here is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) summarizing the amendment, (S. 482, the Energy Tax Hike Prevention Act) he and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) have introduced to stop the same implementation:

Let’s hope we can get this job-killing EPA-nightmare stopped once and for all. Please call your senators and ask them to vote “yes.”

Carol Greenberg

Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks
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  1. LIO Do you know why, since a budget wasn’t passed last year and Congress is working on a mini-budget and then a full one for next year, why the House *blocked* funding? Why isn’t it that the House can just refuse to fund and not even have to worry about the Senate? Where did the funds come from that the House *blocked*?

    • Actually, I probably should have clarified this. Upton’s bill, and then in tandem with McConnell’s, would block EPA’s implementation of the “back-door” climate cap and trade. The bill that was actually passed was Barton’s and Poe’s which:

      “would block fiscal year 2011 funding for EPA’s implementation of greenhouse gas regulations.”

      Upton’s bill has passed committee but there has been no vote, he is working closely with McConnell and Inhofe to get the language correct apparently so it won’t have to be reconciled later.

      As far as I understand this, and if anyone else knows otherwise, if any budget *were* to be passed there would be no funds allowed for the back-door EPA regs which took effect on Jan. 2.

      • That is correct Lady’, if a budget is passed. If no budget is passed, i.e. there is a govt shutdown, then as I understand it, there is a federal law that allows for funding of “essential” services so long as the Treasury has funds to spend.

        If you refer to the circumstance of only a continuing CR and ongoing lack of a budget, I think the only way the EPA could be stopped from enforcing these regs is if the CR specifically says so but that this might be that circumstance we are dealing with on ObamaCare’s Pelosi Rider, and so would require that the House make an exception to a rule, that Rep King says has beend one many times beginning in 1975 by the Dems re de-funding the South Vietnamese army.

  2. I am astounded at the lengths President Toonces will go to in his attempts to destroy our nation. Stimulus bribes and waste; embargoing our own oil; destruction of health care system; and now destroying our means of production.

    He’s either the dumbest man alive, or eat up with evil.

  1. LIO Do you know why, since a budget wasn’t passed last year and Congress is working on a mini-budget and then a full one for next year, why the House *blocked* funding? Why isn’t it that the House can just refuse to fund and not even have to worry about the Senate? Where did the funds come from that the House *blocked*?

    • Actually, I probably should have clarified this. Upton’s bill, and then in tandem with McConnell’s, would block EPA’s implementation of the “back-door” climate cap and trade. The bill that was actually passed was Barton’s and Poe’s which:

      “would block fiscal year 2011 funding for EPA’s implementation of greenhouse gas regulations.”

      Upton’s bill has passed committee but there has been no vote, he is working closely with McConnell and Inhofe to get the language correct apparently so it won’t have to be reconciled later.

      As far as I understand this, and if anyone else knows otherwise, if any budget *were* to be passed there would be no funds allowed for the back-door EPA regs which took effect on Jan. 2.

      • That is correct Lady’, if a budget is passed. If no budget is passed, i.e. there is a govt shutdown, then as I understand it, there is a federal law that allows for funding of “essential” services so long as the Treasury has funds to spend.

        If you refer to the circumstance of only a continuing CR and ongoing lack of a budget, I think the only way the EPA could be stopped from enforcing these regs is if the CR specifically says so but that this might be that circumstance we are dealing with on ObamaCare’s Pelosi Rider, and so would require that the House make an exception to a rule, that Rep King says has beend one many times beginning in 1975 by the Dems re de-funding the South Vietnamese army.

  2. I am astounded at the lengths President Toonces will go to in his attempts to destroy our nation. Stimulus bribes and waste; embargoing our own oil; destruction of health care system; and now destroying our means of production.

    He’s either the dumbest man alive, or eat up with evil.

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