Congress needs to bring EPA back under control

Conservatives in the House of Representatives finally are using their most powerful weapon – spending authority – in an attempt to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s assault on coal and affordable electricity.

Recently, a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill that would reduce the EPA’s budget by 9 percent, or $718 million. Also included in the measure is a ban on the agency issuing a final rule EPA officials want in order to close coal-fired power plants.

Hitting the EPA where it hurts liberal bureaucrats, in the budget, may convince President Barack Obama to back away from his anti-coal campaign.

The full House should approve the bill quickly, then the Senate should follow suit. With utilities closing coal-fired power plants virtually every week, Congress should not delay efforts to bring the EPA back under control.