From: The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Sent By: joshua.ronk@mail.house.gov
Bill: H.J.Res. 74
Date: 11/30/2015

Cosponsor H.J.Res.74 and Utilize the Congressional Review Act to Block the EPA’s New Ozone Regulation  
Stop Bureaucratic Overreach and Prevent this Rogue Agency’s Most Expensive Regulation Yet

Current Endorsements: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Farm Bureau, Americans for Limited Government, Associated General Contractors of America, Eagle Forum, Freedom Works, Concerned Citizens for America, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Mason Contractors Association of America, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Farm Bureau, Arizona Generation and Transmission Cooperatives, Arizona Liberty, Arizona Manufacturers Council, Arizona Mining Association, Arizona Pork Council, Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, Cactus & Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association, Gila County Growers Association, Grand Canyon State Electric Cooperative Association, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Wool Growers, New Mexico Federal Lands Council, Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Co-op, Town of Fredonia, AZ, Veritas Research Consulting, Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

Original Cosponsors so far (72): Ralph Abraham, Mark Amodei, Brian Babin, Andy Barr, Joe Barton, Dan Benishek, Rod Blum, Charles Boustany, Mo Brooks, Ken Buck, Earl Carter, Steve Chabot, Jason Chaffetz, Kevin Cramer, Rick Crawford, Scott DesJarlais, Jeff Duncan, John Duncan, Blake Farenthold, John Fleming, Trent Franks, Bob Gibbs, Louie Gohmert, Garret Graves, Morgan Griffith, Glenn Grothman, Cresent Hardy, Tim Huelskamp, Bill Johnson, Mike Kelly, Steve King, Sam Johnson, Walter Jones, David Joyce, Mike Kelly, Raul Labrador, Doug Lamborn, Frank Lucas, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Cynthia Lummis, Luke Messer, Tom McClintock, David McKinley, Martha McSally, Candice Miller, Alex Mooney, Randy Neugebauer, Dan Newhouse, Gary Palmer, Steve Pearce, Mike Pompeo, Bill Posey, Reid Ribble, Tom Rice, Phil Roe, Dana Rohrabacher, David Rouzer, Matt Salmon, Austin Scott, Jim Sensenbrenner, Pete Sessions, John Shimkus, Lamar Smith, Marlin Stutzman, Glenn Thompson, David Trott, Jackie Walorski, Randy Weber, Ted Yoho, Don Young, Joe Wilson and Ryan Zinke.

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.J.Res.74, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which will block the EPA’s new ozone regulation published in the Federal Register October 26, 2015.

This week, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and I will introduce companion legislation that rejects the EPA’s recently promulgated National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ozone. Senator Flake’s bill, S.J.Res.25, has 30 original cosponsors. The CRA allows Congress to utilize an expedited process to disprove of major rules and only requires a simple majority vote to pass legislation. Recently, the U.S. Senate successfully utilized the CRA to pass a bill that blocks the EPA’s overreaching Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation.

Industries, community groups and employers throughout the country have called on Congress to stop this overreaching new rule that many believe is “the most expensive regulation in history.” An updated study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers projects that this new mandate will reduce U.S. GDP by $1.7 trillion from 2017 to 2040 and kill 1.4 million jobs per year.

Jack Gerard, President and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said, “Job creation is about to get more difficult in America. New ozone regulations released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will place one-third of U.S. counties out of attainment…Ozone levels have already dropped 18 percent since 2000 even though the current standards haven’t been fullyimplemented yet…Very costly. Virtually overnight, EPA’s new rule increased the number of counties facing non-attainment status from 217 to 958 – a fourfold increase…Unfortunately, the EPA has chosen to ignore the science and move ahead withunachievable regulations that could be the most costly in history despite ample evidence that new standards are not necessary to protect public health. Further tightening the standards will not improve air quality any faster. What it will do is stifle job growth and harm the economy.”

Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, stated, “the Obama Administration finalized a rule that is overly burdensome, costly and misguided…the new ozone standard will inflict pain on companies that build things in America—and destroy job opportunities for American workers. Now it’s time for Congress to step up and take a stand for working families.”

The U.S. economy can’t afford a nearly $2 trillion hit to our GDP and the loss of millions of jobs as a result of an unnecessary and overreaching new regulation not based on science. It is far past time that Congress reined in the EPA. Please join me in taking action to prevent this nonsensical and extremely costly new mandate.

Should you have any questions, or should you wish to cosponsor, please contact Jeff Small in my office atjeff.small@mail.house.gov.

 

                                                                                 Sincerely,

                                                                                 Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.

                                                                                 Member of Congress