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Sen. Moran Backs Amendment to Promote Job Growth in Kansas Economy

Amendment to prohibit EPA regulation of greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke this week on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of an amendment introduced by U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to S.493, the SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act. The amendment is based upon the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, which Sen. Moran sponsored earlier this month, and aims to stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from killing jobs and economic growth by regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The amendment would also invalidate current greenhouse gas regulations and prohibit similar regulations in the future without specific Congressional authorization. 

Please find excerpts from his floor statement below:

“This effort by the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases does two very negative things toward job creation: it increases the cost and uncertainty of doing business. This means once again, American businesses are at a competitive disadvantage and they lose access to world markets because of rising costs of production. Unfortunately, it seems our government is no longer neutral when it comes to the success of a business in the United States, but has become an adversary.

“We can have this conversation in a vacuum, but the reality is our economy does not operate in a vacuum. Businesses in Kansas and across the country have to compete in a global economy and this amendment eliminates uncertainty, reduces the cost of being in business and allows us to have optimism about the future of the American economy. Most importantly, it creates optimism for Americans who sit around their dining room table wanting to make certain they can keep a job or find a job.

“Clearly, if you care about job creation, you would make certain the EPA does not head down the path it’s going because of the consequences that has for American business and their ability to compete in a global economy.”

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