On Two Year Anniversary of Democrats’ Energy Tax, Its Job-Crushing Legacy Lives On

June 27, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Leonard Boswell (IA-03), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Dennis Cardoza (CA-18), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Ben Chandler (KY-06), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Jim Cooper (TN-05), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jim Himes (CT-04), Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15), Steve Israel (NY-02), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), David Loebsack (IA-02), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Michael Michaud (ME-02), Brad Miller (NC-13), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Gary Peters (MI-09), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), David Price (NC-04), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Heath Shuler (NC-11), Betty Sutton (OH-13), John Tierney (MA-06), Niki Tsongas (MA-05), Tim Walz (MN-01), David Wu (OR-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03)
On Two Year Anniversary of Shuler’s Energy Tax, Its Job-Crushing Legacy Lives On
North Carolina Democrat’s Cap and Tax Bill Didn’t Become Law, But These Same Democrat Policies Continue to Destroy Jobs Today

Washington — Two years ago, Heath Shuler voted to enact the largest tax in United States history that, if it became law, would’ve inflicted a crushing burden on American jobs and middle-class families trying to pay their gas and utility bills. Fortunately, the Democrats’ cap and trade bill died once it left the House. Unfortunately, Shuler’s Democrat policies and their devastating consequences live on in the wave of job-destroying red tape the Obama Administration continues to impose on small businesses already struggling under the bad economy.

“Heath Shuler’s support for the failed cap and tax bill is as defining as ever, since these very same policies live on in the Democrats’ red tape spree that makes a bad economy even worse for middle-class families and small businesses,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “From forcing electricity bills to skyrocket to destroying countless jobs, Shuler’s North Carolina constituents are still being punished by the same devastating policies the bill contained when he supported it two years ago.”

More stories of how the Democrats’ red tape will crush jobs and force bills to skyrocket for middle-class families continue to surface:

“The Environmental Protection Agency’s crusade against coal-fired power plants is on a fast track to raise electricity bills in Michigan by as much as 20 percent and restrict the state’s economic growth.”

“In Michigan, DTE estimates installing scrubbers on its coal plants will cost $2 billion, which will be passed on to consumers in higher monthly bills.”

“But the real impact is on jobs and economic growth. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers forecasts 50,000 of its members will lose their jobs within three years, and 200,000 additional jobs down the supply line. In addition, coal-dependent states such as Michigan would risk losing business to states — and countries — that can now produce electricity cheaper.” (Editorial, “Stop EPA from killing coal,” The Detroit News, 6/23/11)

Even though Heath Shuler’s cap and tax scheme from two years ago eventually failed, its devastating consequences live on since these policies continue to be implemented in the form of federal regulations on small businesses. Shuler’s support for these job-destroying policies are as important as ever, with middle-class families in North Carolina now facing higher bills and fewer jobs as a result.

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