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Sen. Murkowski Comments on Rockefeller Bill to Delay EPA Climate Regulation

March 4, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today released the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating stationary sources of greenhouse gases for two years – twice as long as the delay sought by Sen. Murkowski last September:

“Senator Rockefeller’s legislation is further evidence of the growing, bipartisan, and bicameral resistance to EPA’s back-door climate regulations. Given the overwhelming opposition to these actions, I’m hopeful that this bill will draw additional support and advance quickly,” Murkowski said.

“If that does not occur, the disapproval resolution is guaranteed consideration in the Senate. It's imperative that senators have an opportunity to vote on whether or not they support EPA's costly, unilateral and unprecedented attempt to impose these command-and-control regulations.”

The disapproval resolution (S.J.Res.26) was introduced Jan. 21, 2010, by Sens. Murkowski and Blanche Lincoln, D-Arkansas, along with 39 bipartisan cosponsors. Under the Congressional Review Act, the measure can be discharged from committee with the signatures of 30 senators, placed on the calendar, provided 10 hours of debate, and voted on with a simple majority required for passage.

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