Thursday, April 14, 2011

Boehner: we may come after EPA during debt ceiling debate

This should not come as a shock, but now the Speaker has made it official: EPA could come under the gun yet again during the upcoming debt ceiling debate. Friends of clean air should be aware. The Speaker used some florid -- and very misleading -- rhetoric:

"Clearly, the direction of the EPA and the direction they're heading with their numerous regulations are going to cripple our economy and cripple the ability of employers to create jobs."
Sorry, Mr. Speaker, but you are wrong. EPA's clean-air standards CREATE jobs.

Here is a squib from today's E&E PM:

EPA: Boehner suggests agency could be under scrutiny during debt ceiling debate

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today declined to rule out making limits on U.S. EPA regulatory authority part of talks on the must-pass legislation raising the federal debt ceiling, setting up a third front for battle between the agency's friends and foes in the Capitol.

Asked by a reporter at his weekly press briefing today whether EPA's politically volatile greenhouse gas limits would be "part and parcel" of the debt-limit debate, which is expected to see the GOP push for significant concessions from the White House, Boehner left the door open.

After broadly citing "many decisions about what will or won't be part of raising the debt limit," the Ohioan replied: "But, clearly, the direction of the EPA and the direction they're heading with their numerous regulations are going to cripple our economy and cripple the ability of employers to create jobs."

...The speaker is not the first Republican to suggest that EPA's powers could be on the table as part of pending debt limit discussions. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) predicted earlier this week that "no debt limit is going to pass by itself" and that "significant pieces" could be attached to a ceiling-hiking measure.

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