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Senator McCaskill Votes to Block EPA from Protecting Missouri Families

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or April 7, 2011  

MISSOURI – On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate rejected four reckless amendments to block the EPA from applying commonsense safeguards to curb harmful pollution and protect public health.

These amendments were offered by Senators McConnell (#183), Rockefeller (#215), Baucus (#236), and Stabenow (#277), and threaten the landmark Clean Air Act: a law that has saved hundreds of thousands of lives and cost-effectively spurred innovation throughout its 40 year history.

Senator McCaskill cosponsored and voted for the Rockefeller amendment, which failed overwhelmingly. Liz Forrestal, Executive Director of Missouri Votes Conservation and League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski released the following statement in response:

“Instead of allowing scientists at the EPA to set our air pollution standards, Senator McCaskill voted to protect polluter profits and weaken public health protections. When given the opportunity to defend vital clean air safeguards, Senator McCaskill chose instead to block the EPA from doing its job to protect the health of Missouri families. LCV will work to ensure this dangerous vote does not go unnoticed, and that the people of Missouri know Senator McCaskill is willing to sacrifice their health and wellbeing in order to protect corporate polluters.”

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