Virginia House joins ATP in opposing rogue EPA regs

Virginia House joins ATP in opposing rogue EPA regs
Resolution calls on Congress to block job-killing air rules, ATP will enlist other states

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s House of Delegates Wednesday joined the nation’s largest grassroots opponent of radical environmentalism in calling on Congress to stop Barack Obama’s out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency.

“Virginia went for Obama, but Wednesday’s overwhelming vote was a wholesale rejection of his radical green agenda,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director and Virginia resident Donald Ferguson.  “Millions of jobs are about to be killed because Obama has one radical bureaucrat in Washington with the authority to make up and enforce her rules.  Congress has a constitutional duty to stop Barack Obama from using the federal bureaucracy to make up and enforce radical rules that place green extremism ahead of facts and sound science.”

Legislators passed a measure demanding Congress stop the Environmental Protection Agency from adopting new emissions regulations that place radical environmentalist rhetoric ahead of sound science.  Blocking the EPA regulations and stripping federal bureaucrats of their authority to issue major regulations without congressional approval are top priorities of ATP’s grassroots membership.

ATP will seek similar resolutions from other state legislatures.

Citing plans by the Obama administration to use the EPA to enforce portions of last year’s defeated Cap and Tax bill, ATP is also seeking a recorded vote in this session of Congress on the REINS Act.  The bill prohibits the issuance and enforcement of any major federal regulation unless it has been approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the president.  The bill, S. 299, is sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

“The REINS Act is as simple as it is constitutional.  No regulation without representation.  Politicians should not be able to enforce defeated or unwanted legislation by handing it off to an activist bureaucrat with the power to make up and enforce their own rules,” said Ferguson.

The resolution, HR 72, was introduced by Delegate Will Morefield, R-Tazewell County.  Morefield’s district is home to many of Virginia’s coal mines and his constituents rely on the efficient, affordable and increasingly clean energy source for jobs.  The resolution passed 64-33 votes and does not require Senate approval.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting private property and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.

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