Republicans Drafting Opt-Out Bill for EPA Rule

EPA-300Senate Republicans are putting together a bill that would let states opt out of the EPA’s proposed climate rule for power plants. The amendment was proposed by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky yesterday. Under the bill, states would be able to opt out of the rule for various reasons. Those reasons would include: the rule would hurt low-income or fixed-income households, risk electric reliability, impair investments in power plants, impair manufacturing or other sectors important to the state’s economy, decrease employment or reduce state or local government revenue. House Republicans also unveiled draft legislation Monday that would provide another kind of opt-out for states. It would let governors veto any compliance plan for the rule, but would not completely shield states from complying like the aforementioned amendment.

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