War on Coal

Floor Speech

Date: June 25, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. ROTHFUS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my frustration and disappointment with President Obama's war on coal. This war on coal is a war on the middle class. It's a war on good-paying jobs, and it's a war on American prosperity.

You cannot pay for our critical social safety net programs unless you have a growing economy. You will not have a growing economy without low-cost American energy.

President Obama's new regulations will shutter coal mines and power plants. It will raise energy costs and significantly impact moms and dads sitting around the kitchen table paying their monthly utility bills.

It is time for President Obama to stop forcing Americans out of work and to stop giving a leg up to foreign competitors like China. It is time for President Obama to take his hand off the dimmer switch for the American economy. It is time to end this war on low-cost American energy so Americans can grow, prosper, and shine brightly once again.