Friday, May 12, 2017

Read Arizona Senator John McCains Excuse For Voting With Democrats Again

The US Senate declined to overturn an Obama-era rule that requires oil and gas companies to limit their methane emissions if they’re drilling on federal and tribal lands. The outcome of the 51-49 vote was surprising given that Congress has thus far opted 13 times to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn recent rules made in the previous administration, according to the Washington Post.
Every democrat in the Senate voted against the motion to overturn the methane rule, including Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)—senators from fossil fuel-rich states who often vote in favor of those interests. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also joined the democrats.
Washington, D.C.  – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on his vote today against a motion to proceed to a resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) methane recapture rule:
“Today I voted against a procedural motion that would have brought a resolution to the Senate floor to overturn the BLM methane recapture rule.
“Improving the control of methane emissions is an important public health and air quality issue, which is why some states are moving forward with their own regulations requiring greater investment in recapture technology. I join the call for strong action to reduce pollution from venting, flaring and leaks associated with oil and gas production operations on public and Indian land. While I am concerned that the BLM rule may be onerous, passage of the resolution would have prevented the federal government, under any administration, from issuing a rule that is ‘similar,’ according to the plain reading of the Congressional Review Act.  
“I believe that the public interest is best served if the Interior Department issues a new rule to revise and improve the BLM methane rule. I look forward to working with my colleagues who voted to proceed to the resolution today.”