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LCV Statement on Senate Rejection of Sen. Paul’s Congressional Review Act Resolution

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

November 10, 2011  

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate rejected Sen. Rand Paul’s Congressional Review Act resolution to permanently void the recently finalized Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule specifically targets pollution that crosses state borders and will make it easier for states in the eastern half of the United States to protect public health.

Additionally the Senate will vote later today on legislation introduced by Sen. McCain (S. 1720) that would strip many important environmental and public health protections.  While masquerading as a “jobs” bill, this legislation reads like a polluter's wish list and includes many of the anti-environment provisions the House has passed this Congress, which the Senate has repeatedly rejected.

LCV President Gene Karpinski released the following statement in response:

"We are pleased that a bipartisan group of Senators voted against this reckless piece of legislation that would endanger public health and block efforts to reduce toxic pollution in the air we breathe and water we drink.  Senators should similarly reject Senator McCain’s extreme legislation to be voted on later today. We applaud the Senate for repeatedly rejecting the polluter-driven agenda being pushed by the U.S. House that won't create jobs but will cost lives."

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