2014 U.S. Senate campaign spills onto the U.S. Senate floor as McConnell and Reid spar over coal

09/19/2013 09:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell squared off with Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid over McConnell’s Saving Coal Jobs Act on the Senate floor Thursday morning.

McConnell read the bill on the floor of the Senate and asked for unanimous consent to pass the legislation, which McConnell described as a combination of two previous bills that remain bottled in committee.

“The bill would essentially repeal the administrations deceleration of war against coal,” McConnell said. “The first part of the bill would prevent the EPA from regulating carbon on new and existing coal plants. The second would force the EPA to stop stalling on mining permits.”

Reid objected to McConnell’s motion and the Senate moved to other business. However, Reid said he’d be “happy to work” with McConnell to have a debate and vote on the legislation.

As Pure Politics first reported, Reid is hosting a fundraiser in Las Vegas to benefit Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes in her attempt to unseat McConnell in 2014.

The Republican Party of Kentucky and McConnell’s campaign have been quick to criticize Grimes’ fundraisers with Reid who said in a 2008 TV interview that “coal makes us sick, oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country.”

McConnell and Grimes have been circling each other on the issue of coal in the past weeks signaling how important both feel it is to their campaigns. Both have rushed to criticize President Barack Obama for supporting policies they say are too tough on Appalachian coal mining.


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