Sen. Mitch McConnell (Source: Jim Young/REUTERS)
Yeah, baby! Feel the smog-mentum:
Senior Capitol Hill Republicans are applauding the White House decision to shelve planned smog regulations while reviving their attacks on the White House regulatory agenda.
Their responses — a week before President Obama is slated to give a major speech before Congress on jobs — signal that the ozone decision will not sap GOP attacks on the administration’s agenda.
“This action alone will prevent more job losses than any speech the President has given, and I hope he will listen to the bipartisan calls from across the country to address his administration’s negative impact on job creation,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement.
Now the Republicans will be reasonable and accomodating forever!
But [McConnell] also noted that “there are hundreds of regulations that even the administration acknowledges will cost America’s job creators billions of dollars.”
House Republican leaders plan to bring a suite of bills to the floor this fall that will delay or soften an array of rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and other departments.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) applauded the ozone decision and called it “a step in the right direction,” while signaling that the push to kill other rules will continue.
What? You mean Obama's given them a mile and they're looking to take a light year yet again? I'm shocked, shocked! Can't wait to see where this one ends. I assume that higher levels of smog poll well with independents, though, right?