OLSON VOTES TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM COSTLY EPA REGULATIONS
Washington, DC- Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted to protect Americans from billion-dollar Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that could increase energy prices and eliminate jobs. The Energy Consumers Relief Act, H.R. 1582, would require EPA to submit a report to Congress on specific energy prices and job impact before finalizing any energy-related rule costing more than $1 billion. It also prohibits EPA from finalizing a rule if the Secretary of Energy determines the rule would cause significant adverse effects to the economy. The bill passed the House by a vote of 232-181.
"This Administrationâ€™s EPA continues to propose rules, that by their own estimates are the most costly in history, yet the research on the benefits of these rules is unclear,â€ Congressman Olson said. â€œWhat is clear is that overregulation kills our economy, destroys American jobs, and raises energy prices on American families and businesses.
â€œAmericans deserve full transparency on rules that will cost them billions of dollars. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™re taking action in the House to protect American families and workers. This bill cuts the bureaucratic red tape that stifles our economy and ensures there is more transparency in EPAâ€™s most expensive energy rules,"Congressman Olson concluded.
There are a range of major billion-dollar energy rules under development at EPA and expected to be finalized in the presidentâ€™s second term, including costly new regulations for new and existing power plantsand new standards that will increase the cost of gasoline.
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