13 Dec '11, 10pm

GOP tries to force Big Coal’s poison pill on tax cut bill

GOP tries to force Big Coal’s poison pill on tax cut bill

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green . GOP leadership in Congress has decided to use must-pass payroll tax cut legislation as a vehicle to push key polluter priorities, despite a veto threat from the White House. House Republicans have attached a rider to extend a Clean Air Act loophole for the coal industry, daring a White House veto. The coal-powered poison pill, inserted into Title I, Section B of H.R. 3630 as the "EPA Regulatory Relief Act," would establish a five-year delay in Boiler Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT) rules, striking down four Environmental Protection Agency rules. Section A is Rep. Lee Terry's (R-Neb.) Keystone XL poison pill rider for the oil industry. The Boiler MACT language, taken from Rep. Morgan Griffith's (R-Va.) bill H.R. 2250, would keep in place a long-standing loophole in the Clean Air Act, one that exempted coal-fired "utility b...

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