The Supreme Court said that the EPA did not properly consider the costs of the regulation before it decided to write it, as required by the Clean Air Act. The rule is still in force while a lower court decides how to enforce the decision.
“Obama administration officials like to pretend that the costs of their massive and regressive regulations either don’t exist or don’t matter,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision represents a cutting rebuke to the administration’s callous attitude,” he said.
McConnell added that the ruling backs up his advice to state governors to ignore the power plant regulations, since the mercury rules have already caused plant shutdowns and job losses.
“Clearly, there is no reason to subject their states to such unnecessary pain before the courts have even had a chance to weigh in, especially if the Supreme Court simply ends up tossing the regulation out as we saw today,” he said.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the decision justifies the House’s repeated votes against EPA rules, like last week’s bill to weaken and delay the carbon rules.
“The House has consistently worked to increase to ensure the American people have a strong voice in the development of regulations that impact their way of life,” McCarthy said.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today vindicates the House’s legislative actions to rein in bureaucratic overreach and institute some common sense in rulemaking.”
“Today’s decision is an indictment of this Administration and its reckless abuse of power,” said Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah).