A number of Congressional Democrats have been stepping up their defense of the EPA amidst attempts to defund the agency's regulation of carbon pollution, the New York Times reports.
Some are claiming that defunding the EPA's new safeguards would halt a number of ongoing construction projects and backlog permits, thus harming the economy. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) claimed that overturning the EPA's new rules would halt "dozens of major projects" and cost thousands of jobs.
Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) called the anti-EPA provisions "an actual assault on jobs" and "a free pass to allow certain industries to pollute," while Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) criticized the Republican leadership for wanting to cut spending from agencies such as the EPA while leaving corporate tax subsidies--including those for the oil industry--in place.
The House is voting on a number of anti-EPA amendments to the continuing resolution currently under consideration today.