EPA Power Plant Rule Tramples on the Constitution

Date: February 19, 2016 Last Edit: February 22, 2016

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Small Business Legal Center Files Brief with DC Circuit

For Immediate Release
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Washington,
DC (February 19, 2016)
– This evening, the National
Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center
filed
a brief with the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking the court to stop
the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule on power plants. NFIB argues
that the rule would unconstitutionally force states to switch power generation
dramatically increasing the cost of electricity. 

“Under the Constitution, the President can’t lose in Congress and then
win by executive order, unfortunately that is exactly what President Obama’s
EPA is doing with the power plant rule,” said Karen Harned, Executive Director of the NFIB Small Business Legal
Center
. “Small business owners successfully worked to oppose cap-and-trade
when it was up in Congress and worked hard to elect legislators who oppose these
schemes. The courts should recognize the incredible damage that would be done
to both our democratic principles and our economic freedom should this rule
move forward.”

NFIB joined in the filing with over a dozen other business groups
including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of
Manufacturers. The NFIB brief in West Virginia v. U.S. EPA is available here.

More on NFIB’s position on the power plant rule is available here.

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