Congressman Collin Peterson -- Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District
Press Release
March 2, 2010
Matt Forbes/202-225-2165

Peterson calls for bipartisan action against the EPA

(Washington , DC) - Today Congressman Collin Peterson called on Republicans to join a bipartisan effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) unilateral attempt to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

House Republican's have introduced a “disapproval resolution” that is identical to the bipartisan resolution that Congressman Peterson sponsored with Republican Congresswoman JoAnn Emerson (MO-08) and Democrat Congressman Ike Skelton (MO-04) last week.  The bipartisan Peterson-Skelton-Emerson resolution is the companion to Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution in the Senate.

“This is exactly why we can’t get things done in this town,” Peterson said.  “We’ve already got a bipartisan disapproval resolution, but the Republicans have decided they want a ‘Republicans-only’ bill — which, by the way, is exactly the same as our bipartisan bill.  This makes no sense and it leaves me wondering if they honestly want to get something done.”

“Our resolution is led by a well-respected Republican and a well-respected Democrat and it’s identical to Senator Murkowski’s bipartisan bill.  If the Republicans really want to solve the problem they should sign onto our bipartisan bill.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the House Republicans have come to the same conclusion that I have, that Congress—not the EPA—should be making these kinds of decisions,” Peterson added.  “I just hope they actually want to solve the problem.”

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