WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after voting in favor of resolutions that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from moving forward with its misguided carbon mandate:
“Since the President couldn’t get his extreme carbon policy agenda through Congress, he has tried to force it through the EPA in a manner that gives Americans little opportunity for dissent.
By passing these resolutions of disapproval, we cast that dissenting vote for the American people.
These resolutions would prevent this carbon mandate power-grab from taking effect, protecting Arkansans from a dramatic increase in electricity costs, which would be devastating for low-income families and seniors living on fixed-incomes.
President Obama is set to meet with world leaders regarding his climate change policies next month and the Administration is promising to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to support its scheme. Even though the resolutions we passed today will likely be vetoed, passage of them shows our allies and adversaries that the U.S. Senate will not provide billions of taxpayer dollars for the President’s global climate slush fund.
The way to continue reducing emissions is through innovation, technology and positive incentives—not heavy-handed mandates that hurt the American worker and drive up energy bills across the country. The Senate spoke up for the American people today and the President needs to understand that.”
Background: The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows either the Senate or the House to approve a joint resolution of disapproval with the full force of law to stop a federal agency from implementing a recent rule or regulation. A resolution of disapproval introduced under the CRA cannot be filibustered and requires a simple majority in the Senate to pass if acted upon during a 60-day window.
The two resolutions—S.J.Res. 23, which would rescind the carbon emissions standards for new power plants and S.J.Res. 24, which would rescind the carbon emissions standard for existing power plants—passed the Senate by votes of 53-46 (S.J. Res 23) and 52-46 (S.J. Res. 24).