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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Taming EPA Overreach

As part of the debate over small business legislation currently moving through the U.S. Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has offered an amendment to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ability to control carbon emissions from U.S. businesses. EPA's move to regulate greenhouse gases is an intrusive and costly measure that will drive energy costs higher, destroy jobs and hurt investment. Legislation with the same language passed a House committee this week, and it looks like that bill (H.R. 910) may move to the floor for a full House vote in the near future.

In response to the news about a pending Senate vote on the McConnell amendment, I released the following media statement:

"Proposed EPA regulations will have a significant impact on businesses, with projections showing they could eliminate anywhere from 800,000 to 7 million jobs in the next several decades. The SBE Council supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's amendment to eliminate this disastrous option altogether so the issue of greenhouse gas emissions can be addressed through the appropriate channels: namely our elected officials in Congress.

The SBE Council, and the thousands of small businesses we represent, urge Senators to vote 'YES' and halt EPA's pending regulatory overreach, giving American businesses a fighting chance to stage an economic recovery and compete in the global economy. We must remove uncertainties and burdens in order to spark needed investment, and the vote on the McConnell amendment offers the opportunity to take a major step in the right direction."

SBE Council plans to KEY VOTE the McConnell amdendment in our forthcoming Ratings of the 112th Congress.

The President has asked the business community to identify regulations, government-imposed barriers and regulatory initiatives that hurt their ability to compete and create jobs. This EPA super-regulation is one of them, and the agency must be reined in on other fronts as well.

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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