Boehner, Republicans Blast ‘Job-Crushing’ Emissions Deal With China (Updated)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

By David Eldridge
RollCall.com
Nov. 12, 2014

Updated 10:20 a.m. | Republicans in Washington are already pushing back hard against the carbon-emissions deal that President Barack Obama and Chinese leaders announced in Beijing Wednesday.

“Job-crushing,” said Speaker John A. Boehner. Mitch McConnell, the presumed next Senate majority leader, also weighed in against the deal, which calls for the U.S. to cut emissions by as much as 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. China agreed to begin reducing its own emissions by 2030.

In a statement, Oklahoma Sen. James M. Inhofe, who will chair the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the next Congress, called the deal a “non-binding charade.”

But Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., responding to GOP critics of the deal on MSNBC, said “the president doesn’t need the Congress” to make the agreement with China.

Boehner issued the following statement Wednesday:

“This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America’s heartland and the country as a whole. And it is the latest example of the president’s crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and squeezing middle-class families. Republicans have consistently passed legislation to rein in the EPA and stop these harmful policies from taking effect, and we will continue to make this a priority in the new Congress.”

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