WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The Obama administration’s fight for ‘Clean Power’ is going another round with the Senate, as two pieces of legislation are showing disapproval. The EPA’s 'Clean Power' rule has met widespread Republican opposition, and now that it’s in writing, the Senate hopes to garner enough support to block the rule’s implementation.
Republican are flexing their muscles in the face of Clean Power. Senator Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) says a Congressional Review that could turn back the rule is necessary for the well being of a coal-powered West Virginia.
"I think that we need to look at what it’s going to do to affordability of electricity, reliability of our electricity, and mostly the economic damage that it does to, really the ‘Heartland' and certainly does to West Virginia,” said Capito.
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) has been fighting the rule for months. He doesn’t see any positive effects coming from the EPA’s plan. He thinks the Senate can affect the plan’s future.
But the EPA said in a written statement that “The Clean Power Plan has strong scientific and legal foundations, provides states with broad flexibilities to design and implement plans, and is clearly within EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act.”
"It won’t do any good, but it is going to make electricity a lot more expensive for working Americans, particularly for people, of course, at the lower end of the economic spectrum,” said Wicker.
Capito doesn’t think the President will ever sign a bill overturning the plan, but she wants a symbolic, Congressional Review bill sent to his desk nonetheless.
"What we would like to have is for a bill on the President’s desk that says the majority of the House and Senate don’t agree with him,” said Capito.
"The people back home, who elect the 100 of us, and the 435 in the House, need to know where we stand,” said Wicker.