Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sherrod Brown Threatens Coal Jobs In Ohio

Columbus, Ohio – Today, thirty-eight year politician Sherrod Brown voted against S.J. Res. 37, which would have prevented one of the most expensive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules in history that threatens coal jobs in Ohio and will lead to higher energy costs for families across the state. S.J. Res 37 was a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act intended to stop implementation of the EPA's Utility MACT rule. Sherrod Brown, who was considered a swing vote on this important issue for several months leading up to today’s vote, dodged media questions about the legislation before ultimately voting against it today.

Please see the below statement:

“Thirty-eight year politician Sherrod Brown’s vote to uphold the expensive Utility MACT regulation is a perfect example of how he has lost touch with the people he represents. Brown is fond of saying that choosing between jobs and environmental policy is a false choice, but today he used his vote on the Senate floor to make his choice clear by opposing coal jobs and coal-fired electricity plants. When it came down to it, Sherrod Brown did not have the courage to stand up to Barack Obama and radical environmentalists in order to protect jobs in Ohio’s coal industry. Ohio families should be concerned about the effect Sherrod Brown's vote will have on energy prices and the reliability of our power supply.

Sherrod Brown’s vote not only means higher electricity bills for families and businesses, it threatens the jobs of our fellow Ohioans that work in or around the coal industry. I have been in the mines and have stood shoulder to shoulder with the very coal miners that Sherrod Brown’s vote threatens to impact, and I will continue to do everything possible to protect their jobs, which begins with voters firing Sherrod Brown and changing Washington by changing the people we send there.” – State Treasurer Josh Mandel, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate