Washington, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) today cosponsored two bipartisan Senate resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act that would prevent harmful regulatory overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP). The first resolution, introduced by U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) disapproves of the CPP regulations for existing power sources. The second resolution, introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) would stop CPP regulations for new power sources.
“The EPA’s Clean Power Plan will increase Arizona’s energy costs, create unrealistic planning horizons, and usurp state authority,” said Flake. “These resolutions are another step to protect Arizonans from costly regulations that they cannot afford.”
Background: On July 8, Flake and U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan urging them to address concerns about the CPP, which would disproportionately affect Arizonans.
Flake and McCain offered an amendment to the recent Senate highway reauthorization bill that would have prohibited the CPP rule for existing sources from going into effect while litigation on the rule is pending.