WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air, joined a majority of his Senate colleagues in voting against Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (S.J. RES. 27) – legislation that would have prevented the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating harmful air pollution under the Clean Air Act. The legislation, S. J. RES. 27, was defeated by a vote of 41 to 56. Earlier today, Sen. Carper spoke on the Senate floor against the legislation.
"Today, I thank my Senate colleagues for voting down this dangerous bill that would cease regulation of pollution that travels from one state to another," said Sen. Carper. "I always try to live my life by the Golden Rule, to treat others the way I want to be treated. For too long, my state of Delaware and others living in the so-called 'tailpipe' states have suffered from our neighbors' dirty air, simply because they haven't cleaned up their act. That is why the EPA has implemented the new Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which follows the intent and direction of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. It ensures that we all do our fair share to reduce air pollution. I am relieved that we can move forward in our effort to clean up our nation's dirty air, which will help improve public health and save even more lives. I will continue to work with this Administration and my colleagues – Democrats and Republicans alike – to make sure that all Delawareans and Americans have clean air to breathe, air that's free of all types of air pollution, no matter what state they live in. We have made remarkable progress in cleaning up our air, but we still have a long way to go."
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