by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says the Environmental Protection Agency has declared war on coal, and the Kentucky Republican is siding with the industry. Speaking before the Kentucky Coal Association in Lexington Wednesday, McConnell said the EPA has defied logic and operated outside the scope of its authority with a… Continue reading McConnell Echoes “War on Coal” Rhetoric
Kentucky’s senior Senator Mitch McConnell won a legislative victory over his colleague Rand Paul today. Senator Paul had proposed an amendment to a measure extending the Patriot Act for four years. The amendments delayed action on the legislation, which was likely Paul’s goal. He says the Patriot Act, which was passed in response to the… Continue reading Failure of Paul Amendment Clears Way for Patriot Act Renewal
In a speech on the Senate floor today, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will praise and welcome a group of Tea Party protesters rallying on Capitol Hill.
The proposals include: a limit on how long the EPA has to approve or reject mining permits; a block on new carbon emissions regulation; and a call for hearings on the President’s plans to protect waterways from mining.
McConnell calls such regulations “a back-door national energy tax,” and says they would lead to higher prices for gasoline, groceries, electricity and natural gas.
Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky has filed similar legislation in the House.
Carbon is a common pollutant and is linked to climate change. For more on the science of carbon emissions, watch this video from NPR and Robert Krulwich.
Congressman Hal Rogers filed the bill, which is similar to legislation introduced by Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul in their chamber. The lawmakers say the EPA takes too long to approve or deny mining permits, and the delays may be an indirect method of rejecting permits.
Dick Brown with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says Rogers, Paul, McConnell and Governor Steve Beshear share a common frustration with the EPA.
Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell are supporting legislation to try and force the Environmental Protection Agency to make faster decisions on permits. The legislation would also prevent the EPA from changing its decision and retroactively vetoing certain permits.
Rural areas often see the effects of altered spending first. Of course, Louisville benefits from federal spending as well. Many previously-proud earmark earners say now is the time to end the process and close the deficit. Others, however, argue that in times of recession, a balanced budget should not be a high priority.
McConnell says Republicans still don’t control government, and they’re prepared to do business with Mr. Obama “to the extent that the president wants to do what we think is right for America.”
“We’re not going to use the next election as an excuse not to do important things for the country if the president’s willing to do what we think ought to be done,” said McConnell. “Interpret that to mean, we don’t intend to make any bad deals.”
McConnell says Republicans are prepared to do business with Mr. Obama, “if the president’s willing to do what Republicans think needs to be done.” And McConnell says he’s waiting to see how many Democrats are willing to join the Republicans in cutting the national deficit.