Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in opposition to H.R. 3409, the "Stop the War on Coal Act":
“This bill is just another example of Republicans’ agenda of distraction from issues that matter to Americans. Their partisan legislation would have terrible effects on the air our children breathe and the water they drink, and it won’t help us meet the challenge of creating jobs for our middle class or provide us with greater energy security. Moreover, the House of Representatives has already voted on every title of this bill and sent legislation to the Senate that comprises its core provisions. There is no reason why we should be spending our time voting on these issues again.
“Much for the same reason House Republicans insisted on voting over thirty times this Congress to repeal or defund health reform, we’re voting on this bill because Republicans would rather waste time than accept the responsibility of governing. To govern entails making difficult decisions and compromising with the other side to make progress. It means putting the country first and ideology second. We’ve seen far too little in terms of real governing from this Republican House.
“Instead of voting on a bill that falsely claims that we can only have a future for coal by denying the existence of climate change and abandoning health-based pollution standards, Republicans ought to work with Democrats to invest in growing our advanced energy sector by pursuing an all-of-the-above energy policy. That’s how we’ll help create jobs and move our country forward.”