The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.
Not so, insist Republicans. They say the rule is a massive government overreach that could even subject puddles and ditches to regulation.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is promising to "rein in" the government through legislation or other means.
It's a threat with a familiar ring.
What else are Capito and other Republicans pledging to try to block?
—the administration's plan to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.
—its proposal for stricter limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness
—a separate rule setting the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity.
The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have targeted for repeal or delay as they confront President Barack Obama on a second-term priority: his environmental legacy, especially his efforts to reduce the pollution linked to global warming.
WHAT HAS OBAMA PROPOSED?
Last June, Obama rolled out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, setting in motion one of the most significant U.S. actions ever to address global warming. Once completed this summer, the rule will set the first national limits on carbon dioxide from existing power plants, the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S.
The administration says the rule is expected to raise electricity prices by about 4.9 percent by 2020 and spur a wave of retirements of coal-fired power plants.
The administration also has moved forward on other rules, including the water plan announced last Wednesday. Officials say it will provide much-needed clarity for landowners about which small waterways and tributaries must be protected against pollution and development.
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, said the rule only would affect waters with a "direct and significant" connection to larger bodies of water downstream that already are protected.
The RINOS pledging to do anything that will help America is like me pledging to make Al Sharpton a republican conservative. Neither is ever going to happen.
It has become painfully obvious to me the only difference between republicans and democrats in Washington is that republicans do not have to have any courage.
SSGT, '69 - '73, 321st CSG, 319th AMS Fire Control
Those gutless wonders will do nothing but blow hot air!
They have been "pledging" this for awhile..and what have boner and mcconnel done??? given king o all that he wants while bloviating that they are not....
I will believe it when I see it the nincompoops who run the GOp so far have sold us out at every turn to Obamy.
...if the GOP, had an ounce of backbone, they wouldnt be crawling around at his feet!!! but, they dont!! like everything else, ALL BLOW AND NO SHOW!!
Lies, lies, nothing but lies from the Rinos!
The GOP is all talk...they couldn't stand up to a wet paper bag! Why do we listen to this crap over and over again? They really think we're stupid! In fact we are...we gave them the whole Enchilada and they've yet to go anything with it, except give Bobo what he wants. But they're fighting for they survival of the Republic... right, my arse!!
And we can believe them? WHY? Just like they promised to uproot obummercare root and branch? Or how about ENDING obummers amnesty? Yeah, these RINOs are really putting a stop to the potuses ILLEGAL, constitution ignoring, TYRANNY!
GOP going to get tough OH BOY can't wait, but Obama will say Oh Mitch remember that day when you ????? and ol Mitch will wilt and give Obama everything he asks for cause he's gonna govern. I can understand why an old crook like McConnell can be blackmailed but all GOP?
one more empty promise from fuehrer oblahblah allies in Congress!!!!!