In an effort to protect incumbent red-state Democrats – like Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan and appointed Senator John Walsh – reports are surfacing that the EPA delayed the publication of a climate change rule for political gain.
As Politico reports:
“Newly released documents are fueling GOP questions about whether EPA put politics ahead of policy by publishing a controversial climate rule so late that it will allow red-state Senate Democrats to dodge a difficult vote. The records also contradict the congressional testimony of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who told senators early this year that her agency had submitted the rule to the Federal Register ‘as soon as that proposal was released.’ But in fact, EPA didn’t submit the rule to the Federal Register until Nov. 25, more than two months after the agency released it to the public. And the Federal Register didn’t publish it until Jan. 8. The delay means that the soonest congressional Republicans can force a vote on repealing the rule is January 2015 — months after the vote would pose a tricky political dilemma for some Democrats seeking reelection.” (Erica Martinson, Documents Contradict EPA On Climate-Rule Delay, Politico, 04/29/14)
If you’re reporting on this news, below is a statement from the RNC:
“Once again the unelected bureaucrats at the EPA are playing politics with their job-killing energy policies. While the EPA thinks they are being cute, voters will see through this political fig leaf aimed at aiding vulnerable Democrats – like Landrieu, Begich, Pryor, Hagan and Walsh – so they later help them enact their radical cap-and-trade agenda.” Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman
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