WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to new EPA rules that will keep the president’s promise that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”:
“The president’s plan is nuts, there’s really no more succinct way to describe it. Americans are still asking ‘where are the jobs?’ and here he is proposing rules to ship jobs overseas for years to come. Americans are already paying more for everything and here he is condemning them to higher bills and lower incomes long after he leaves office. In many ways, this national energy tax is actually worse than the scheme Americans rejected four years ago. While the president may have kept his promise to make prices ‘skyrocket,’ it doesn’t have to be inevitable. The House has already passed legislation to prevent these rules from taking effect without the approval of the people’s representatives. The question now is: will Senate Democrats listen to the American people and stop this disaster or will they back the president all the way?”
NOTE: On March 6, 2014, the House passed H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which prevents these rules from taking effect unless the House and Senate approve them by law. Senate Democrats have thus far blocked the measure from coming to the Senate floor for a vote.