Murkowski: Members of Congress Should Set Energy Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today commented on the series of four roll call votes – three sought by Senate Democrats and one sought by Senate Republicans – to modify, delay or block the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate regulations:

“Imposing energy taxes through EPA’s command-and-control regulations will destroy jobs, increase costs of living, and reduce growth and innovation.  We need a permanent fix for the EPA’s efforts to implement backdoor climate regulations.

“Elected members of Congress should be the ones setting our nation’s energy and climate policies – not unelected bureaucrats at the EPA. While no single one of the amendments considered today secured the 60 votes necessary for passage, together they send a very clear message that a majority of the Senate is opposed to the EPA imposing economic burdens on our families and businesses.

“Given the broad interest in reigning in the EPA, we will continue to look for every opportunity to block these economically damaging regulations.”