Coats Notes: Misguided EPA Agenda Damaging to Indiana

Senator Dan Coats
2013-07-19 11:51:24
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Misguided EPA Agenda Damaging to Indiana When I meet with Hoosier job creators, the message I often hear is simple: stop the regulatory tidal wave coming from Washington. Under President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found numerous ways to flood industry with new regulations and rulemakings, creating uncertainty for all Americans. From water to air to bureaucratic maneuvering, there seems to be new EPA rules or guidance almost every week. While this administration touts an "all-of-the-above" approach to our country's energy needs, a pipeline of regulations from the EPA are clearly drafted in a way that discriminates against fossil fuels, which especially hurts states like Indiana. The President's recently announced climate change initiative intends to take coal out of our country's energy portfolio. This will dramatically impact all Hoosiers and raise energy prices across Indiana. Manufacturing, a very energy intensive industry, is critical to Indiana's economy. Manufacturers employ nearly 17 percent of the Hoosier workforce, which is a higher percentage than any other state. These jobs depend on affordable, reliable energy sources. The EPA seems dead set on ensuring these manufacturers are handed increased rates that will seriously affect their ability to retain existing employees, let alone hire new workers. Our state has done energy the right way. Indiana offers some of the most affordable and reliable electricity in the nation. This is obviously of great benefit to Hoosier families and employers in this sluggish economy, and it also has helped Indiana become one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. States like ours are bearing the brunt of the administration's regulatory overreach and crusade to target energy sources it does not like. Instead of punishing Hoosiers, the administration should be encouraging an energy policy that is truly all-of-the-above, allows advancements in fossil fuel technologies and does not unfairly discriminate against certain energy sources. _____ Moving from Spending to Saving When I returned to the Senate in 2011, I joined the Appropriations Committee to work on setting fiscal priorities, trimming spending and separating the essential programs from the non-essential ones. I want to try to end the business-as-usual approach in Washington and change the culture of this committee from "where can we spend" to "where can we save." The appropriations committee writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to each government agency and department. While there are many good programs and organizations funded by these bills, I cannot support spending bills for the next fiscal year that completely ignore current law and the financial realities facing our country. In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, legislation that increased the debt ceiling, implemented sequestration and set specific spending levels. Collectively, the appropriations bills will violate current law under the Budget Control Act. The Senate needs to get serious about addressing our debt and deficit, abide by the laws it enacts and stop playing games to avoid hard fiscal decisions. Congress must find the political will to rise above partisan politics and start being honest with the American people about what is needed to get our country on a path to prosperity. We have proven in Indiana that lower taxes, reduced spending and a more limited government is a model that works and it's a model that needs to be implemented in Washington. 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Dan Coats


Misguided EPA Agenda Damaging to Indiana

When I meet with Hoosier job creators, the message I often hear is simple: stop the regulatory tidal wave coming from Washington.

Under President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found numerous ways to flood industry with new regulations and rulemakings, creating uncertainty for all Americans. From water to air to bureaucratic maneuvering, there seems to be new EPA rules or guidance almost every week.

While this administration touts an “all-of-the-above” approach to our country’s energy needs, a pipeline of regulations from the EPA are clearly drafted in a way that discriminates against fossil fuels, which especially hurts states like Indiana. The President’s recently announced climate change initiative intends to take coal out of our country’s energy portfolio. This will dramatically impact all Hoosiers and raise energy prices across Indiana.

Manufacturing, a very energy intensive industry, is critical to Indiana’s economy. Manufacturers employ nearly 17 percent of the Hoosier workforce, which is a higher percentage than any other state. These jobs depend on affordable, reliable energy sources. The EPA seems dead set on ensuring these manufacturers are handed increased rates that will seriously affect their ability to retain existing employees, let alone hire new workers. 

Our state has done energy the right way. Indiana offers some of the most affordable and reliable electricity in the nation. This is obviously of great benefit to Hoosier families and employers in this sluggish economy, and it also has helped Indiana become one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. 

States like ours are bearing the brunt of the administration’s regulatory overreach and crusade to target energy sources it does not like. Instead of punishing Hoosiers, the administration should be encouraging an energy policy that is truly all-of-the-above, allows advancements in fossil fuel technologies and does not unfairly discriminate against certain energy sources.


Moving from Spending to Saving
 
When I returned to the Senate in 2011, I joined the Appropriations Committee to work on setting fiscal priorities, trimming spending and separating the essential programs from the non-essential ones. I want to try to end the business-as-usual approach in Washington and change the culture of this committee from “where can we spend” to “where can we save.”

The appropriations committee writes the legislation that allocates federal funds to each government agency and department. While there are many good programs and organizations funded by these bills, I cannot support spending bills for the next fiscal year that completely ignore current law and the financial realities facing our country. In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act, legislation that increased the debt ceiling, implemented sequestration and set specific spending levels. Collectively, the appropriations bills will violate current law under the Budget Control Act. The Senate needs to get serious about addressing our debt and deficit, abide by the laws it enacts and stop playing games to avoid hard fiscal decisions.

Congress must find the political will to rise above partisan politics and start being honest with the American people about what is needed to get our country on a path to prosperity. We have proven in Indiana that lower taxes, reduced spending and a more limited government is a model that works and it’s a model that needs to be implemented in Washington.

Coats in the News

Coats advocating for GOP to create ACA replacement

A Conversation with Dan Coats

Senator Coats Working On Bill To Reduce Gas Price Spikes

Senator Coats visited with injured Army Medic Monday

Coats, Senate Republicans ask president to permanently delay Obamacare for all


Stay Connected

      


Coats with Hoosiers


Thanking Army combat medic and Mishawaka native Sergeant Lucas Oppelt for his service. 


With Newburgh Pastor Kris Holzmeyer and his family before he opened the Senate in prayer. I nominated Pastor Holzmeyer as guest chaplain.  


 

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