Monday, December 8, 2014

McConnell: Senate GOP wants to rein in EPA


Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the new Republican-run Senate will try to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency by targeting its budget.

McConnell said Saturday that Senate Republicans will try to insert language into the EPA's budget to put restrictions on the agency. The Kentucky Republican says EPA overreach has hampered job growth in the country and caused an economic depression in eastern Kentucky coalfields.

He told reporters later that he's confident of winning support from some Democratic senators in efforts to curtail EPA.


McConnell said he's optimistic of achieving bipartisan progress on some issues despite his deep differences with President Barack Obama. He mentioned tax reform, trade and infrastructure improvements as possible issues of agreement.