7:04 PM EDT
Keith J. Rothfus, R-PA 12th

Mr. ROTHFUS. Madam Chairman, I rise in support of the Energy Consumers Relief Act.

This commonsense legislation will protect workers, families, small businesses, and manufacturers by providing for more rigorous oversight and public disclosure of expensive and job-killing EPA regulations.

Yesterday, President Obama's new EPA Administrator demonstrated how out of touch she was by denying that regulations have an impact on jobs. She is quoted as saying: ``Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs, please, at least for today?''

We'll stop talking about it when they stop robbing us of the jobs that support our communities.

Within the last month, regulations have cost another 300 jobs in western Pennsylvania. The damage wrought by these regulations extends far beyond the individual families affected. They hurt their surrounding communities where these moms and dads live, work, and send their kids to school. They increase the cost of energy, which is a direct cost on families and businesses. It is especially painful for seniors and others who live on fixed incomes.

I urge my colleagues to vote for this legislation that will protect workers, families, and businesses from higher electricity prices, less reliable energy, and more lost jobs.