Today, the White House firmly opposed an attempt by Senate Republican leadership to prevent EPA scientists from applying commonsense safeguards to ensure public health.
Responding an anti-EPA amendment introduced by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), White House spokesman Clark Stevens stated:
"This amendment rolls back the Clean Air Act and harms Americans' health by taking away our ability to decrease air pollution.Instead of holding big polluters accountable, this amendment overrules public health experts and scientists. Finally, at a time when America's families are struggling with the cost of gasoline, the amendment would undercut fuel efficiency standards that will save Americans money at the pump while also decreasing our reliance on foreign oil.
The White House decision to weigh in directly on the amendment signifies the stakes of the escalating Republican-led effort to crush a major part of the Obama administration's environmental agenda."