WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted on a bipartisan resolution (S.J. Res. 20) offered by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) under the Congressional Review Act to reject the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent rule to delay reductions in mercury emissions from power plants. The Senate narrowly defeated the resolution, 47-51.
"We applaud the bipartisan group of 47 Senators who voted to protect the health of women and children by rejecting the Bush EPA's mercury pollution rule. These senators recognize that government's most basic responsibility is to provide for the safety of its citizens, and that includes ensuring that the EPA develop meaningful clean air standards. They voted to put the health of 35 million Americans, including more than 3 million children, who live near a mercury-emitting power plant ahead of utility industry special interests.
Although we are disappointed that the U.S. Senate failed to pass this resolution, we commend Senators Leahy, Collins and Snowe for their leadership as well as those senators that joined them in voting against the Bush Administration's harmful mercury rule. We will continue to work with pro-conservation members of Congress to stop corporate polluters from rewriting our environmental and public health laws."