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Roe Votes to Stop New Needless Energy Taxes

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Washington, April 7, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) voted for legislation to stop the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) from implementing a cap-and-tax system – which failed to be approved in the previous Congress – through regulation.  The Energy Tax Prevention Act, or H.R. 910, prevents the EPA from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.

 Roe made the following statement about H.R. 910:

 Since failing to pass their flawed cap-and-tax legislation, the Administration is taking matters into their own hands by trying  to implement similar regulations, using the EPA as their lead enforcement agency.  The heart of the EPA’s regulation would be a backdoor national energy tax that will ultimately kill jobs, stop economic growth and raise the cost of energy, food and transportation.

These new regulations will only continue to add strain on businesses struggling to stay afloat, and could force families to pay hundreds more each year on their energy bills. These new regulations are harmful to the First District of Tennessee because they could shut down businesses and put thousands of Americans out of work. 

Passage of The Energy Tax Prevention will protect jobs in our country. I urge the Senate to pass this important legislation.

The House passed The Energy Tax Prevention Act by a vote of 255-172.

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