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AS DRUMBEAT RISES, SENATE MOVES TOWARD COAL VOTE IN JUNE.
May 30, 2012

Posted by Matt Dempsey matt_dempsey@epw.senate.gov

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AS DRUMBEAT RISES, SENATE MOVES TOWARD COAL VOTE IN JUNE

The Senate has until about June 20 to take up a resolution from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., rolling back the Environmental Protection Agency's new rules slashing mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. The resolution - which would require only a 51-vote majority - would come as one of a series of moves over the past year aimed at putting moderate Democratic incumbents from coal-dependent states - particularly Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Sherrod Brown of Ohio - in a tight spot with voters in their reelection races. Republicans spent Tuesday beating the drums on coal issues, as Romney gave a speech in Craig, Colo., slamming Obama's coal regulations.





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