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House Votes for Johnson-Led Action to Save Coal Jobs

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Washington, February 1, 2017 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.J. Resolution 38, overturning the Office of Surface Mining’s recently issued job-killing regulation, known as the so-called “Stream Protection Rule”, through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It was approved by the House by a vote of 228 to 194, with bipartisan support; Johnson introduced the resolution in the U.S. House:
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Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.J. Resolution 38, overturning the Office of Surface Mining’s recently issued job-killing regulation, known as the so-called “Stream Protection Rule”, through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It was approved by the House by a vote of 228 to 194, with bipartisan support; Johnson introduced the resolution in the U.S. House:

Today, the House voted to repeal the Interior Department’s onerous Stream Protection Rule, which would jeopardize thousands of coal jobs, and put a majority of our country’s coal reserves off limits.  The rule, which served as the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s War on Coal, was released by the previous administration as they were packing their moving boxes, even after the American people sent a clear message to Washington, D.C. - more regulation from an overreaching bureaucracy is not the answer.  With today’s vote, the People's House spoke loud and clear. The Senate will soon follow suit, and it will be signed by President Trump.

This is precisely why Congress created the Congressional Review Act: so the people's representatives would have a say on last-minute rules enacted without congressional approval. Today, the CRA worked as it was designed.

It is clear that the poorly named “Stream Protection Rule” was not designed to protect streams. Instead, it was an effort to regulate the coal mining industry out of business, through overly burdensome regulations.  With the help of House Leadership, and Representatives Evan Jenkins and David McKinley of West Virginia, we did our part to ensure this rule will never go into effect, and we saved thousands of coal jobs throughout America.

The action taken by the House today sends a strong message: We will protect coal jobs by preventing this rule from taking effect, while preventing the issuance of any future, similar rule. Over 33,000 Ohioans are employed directly by the coal industry, and their hard work provides nearly 60% of our state’s energy. Today, the House stood firmly for them.

Background: Congress, through the passage of a joint resolution known as the Congressional Review Act, and signed by the President, may overturn a regulation administered by a previous administration, within 60 legislative days of a new Congress. 

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