Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, issued the following statement on the Senate’s rejection of S.J Res. 26, a resolution of disapproval that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from enacting climate regulations:
“Senators who rejected Sen. Murkowski’s amendment to block the EPA’s economically-destructive climate proposal are voting for a regulatory regime that will implement hidden energy taxes that will have a far-reaching effect on nearly every sector of the American economy. These Senators are putting millions of jobs at risk, and they’re doing it for nothing, as several studies show that these carbon regulations will have virtually no effect on worldwide temperatures or greenhouse gas levels.
“In the near future, when energy costs are soaring and the price of many goods are inexplicably high, the American public should remember that this is the result of a hidden energy tax that was effectively approved today by the Senate.
“Today’s disappointing vote is just the latest step by the Administration and Democratic Congressional leadership to move away from common-sense policies that properly balance the environment with the economy.”