Olson Blocks Obama Energy Overreach
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today acted to strengthen electric reliability and lower energy costs by voting to block President Obamaâ€™s â€œClean Power Plan.â€ Olson voted for two resolutions, S. J. Res. 24 and S. J. Res. 23, that disapprove the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s (EPA) rules to regulate carbon dioxide from new and existing power plants and state EPAâ€™s mandates to regulate carbon dioxide emissions have no force or effect. The House passed S. J. Res. 24 by a vote of 242 to 180 and S. J. Res. 23 by a vote of 235 to 188.
â€œThe House took an important step by joining the Senate in saying no to regulatory overreach by an administration determined to unilaterally implement an environmental agenda beyond its constitutional authority, Rep. Pete Olson said. â€œPresident Obamaâ€™s â€˜Clean Power Planâ€™ aims to fight pollution and climate change, but it misses the mark and puts electric reliability for Americans at risk. While world leaders are currently trying to write checks they cannot cash at the Paris Climate Summit, Congress is sending a strong message to the president and the world that we reject his unconstitutional environmental overreach. While I expect him to veto these limits on his authority, the rejection of his environmental agenda will be the first thing on his desk when he gets back from Paris.â€
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