McConnell confident Democrats will join EPA fight
Newly elected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he expects Democrats will join him in his quest to thwart the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce the country’s carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.
McConnell told the state Republican Party of Kentucky’s executive committee on Saturday that since his re-election about half of the people in the Senate who have called him have been Democrats. McConnell said he believe the Senate has a pool of between five and 10 Democratic senators who would vote with Republicans to block the new EPA emission standards.
The Senate is scheduled to vote next week on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. McConnell called that vote an early indicator of how many Democrats would be willing to vote against the new EPA rules.