Chairman Rogers Applauds House Approval of Final Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations Legislation
Measure Reins in EPA's Regulatory Mess
Today, Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) announced that the House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2055, the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Appropriations Conference Report, which includes funding for several key federal agencies including the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This important legislation sponsored by Rogers also includes important provisions to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal regulatory agencies that threaten job opportunities and economic development in southern and eastern Kentucky. H.R. 2055 passed on a bipartisan 296-121 vote, and will move forward to the U.S. Senate before being signed into law by President Obama.
“I am pleased that the Congress was able to work together to pass the final 2012 funding package, which reduces the size and scope of the federal government by cutting spending and reining in excessive government regulations, but protects funding and supplies for our military servicemen and women,” stated Rogers. “For two years, this Administration has gone out of its way to end coal and coal-mining jobs. Through this conference report, we have taken another significant step toward putting a stop to the EPA and other agencies that threaten the quality and way of life for thousands of Kentuckians. This legislation reaffirms coal as a key source of reliable, affordable energy and coal mining families as vital to our region’s long-term prosperity.”
Through his role as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Rogers has consistently promoted policies which reduce the size of government and roll back excessive and harmful federal regulations. H.R. 2055 contains a number of provisions to stop or slow misguided attempts to replace coal in our country’s energy portfolio, including:
· Rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) overzealous regulatory agenda.
· Ensuring that States maintain their roles as the primary overseers of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA).
· Maintaining our nation’s commitment to coal research.
· Insisting on outside review of proposed coal mining process regulations.
With final passage of the H.R. 2055 Conference Report, Congress will have cut discretionary spending for an historic second year in a row, cutting nearly $95 billion in discretionary spending compared to fiscal year 2010. The measure fulfills the Republican pledge to “root out government waste” and save taxpayers millions through the elimination of costly and duplicative programs. This bill instead helps to create a better environment for job growth by eliminating excessive government regulations on job creators and providing funding for programs to help speed up the development of new American energy. As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Rogers has led our country in reducing the federal deficit and restoring our country’s ailing economy. For more information, visit www.halrogers.house.gov.