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Key Vote

Key Vote "YES" on the TRAIN ACT

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Representative and ask him or her to vote YES on H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011. The TRAIN Act would establish an 11-member committee, chaired by the Department of Commerce, to analyze the impacts of a number of major Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. This bill would push back against the EPA's unconstitutional, outrageous rules and regulations that raise energy prices for consumers, destroy jobs and increase our dependence on foreign sources of energy.

The EPA has failed to properly analyze the impacts of its regulations. The agency often understates the negative impact its rules will have on jobs and energy prices. This is why we need a committee whose sole purpose is to analyze the cumulative impacts of EPA regulations. The comprehensive report put out by the committee will include, but is not limited to, the EPA’s impact on jobs, consumers, small businesses, energy prices, global economic competitiveness of the U.S. and the reliability of the electric power grid. A final report on the results of the analysis is due to Congress by August 1, 2012.

The Train Act would help reject the EPA's attempt to shut down coal as one key source of our energy needs. It would help to ensure that America continues to be able to use its own natural resources for energy, as opposed to relying more on foreign sources of energy. With the official unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, it’s vital to analyze the impact all of the EPA’s major regulations have on jobs and our economy.

I urge you to call your representatives and ask them to vote YES on H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2011. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO
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I did call one of my Senators of NE, I voted for the TRAINACT!

Bill Bigelow

"TRAIN" will definitely pass in the House; but just like all Republican-inspired House law passages attempting to stop the Obama Administration's out of control regulatory train (in circumvention of constitutionally granted Congressional job responsibilities), it will fail. Even if TRAIN passes in the Senate (which it won't), Obama will immediately veto the bill.

The Speaker of the House gave the EPA the Green Light to proceed with its massive regulatory excess when he agreed to strip from the 2011 Budget Compromise Agreement the rider originally inserted by the Republicans to stop the EPA from doing what the TRAIN is now targeting to stop. He also did not try to add such a rider to the Debt Limit Compromise Agreement.

Because of this devastating decision by the Speaker, the EPA now has an unobstructed road to initiate its new regulations to: (1) regulate greenhouse gases [EPA is in the process of writing the regs and will commence such regulation in the first half of 2012]; (2) regulate all coal-fired plants [which provide about 40% of the country’s electricity]. The process has begun and many utilities have commenced the permanent shut down process which will mothball up to 20% of these plants. Blackouts/Brown outs are in our future; and (3) increase the regulatory levels of ozone, which action was in progress when Obama postponed (probably until after the 2012 election with implementation reinstituted if he wins a second term) its implementation because of major pressure from all areas of the country. If these three acts by the EPA are initiated, you can kiss the U.S. economy goodbye. The combination of GDP loss and the loss of millions of high paying jobs from such new EPA regulation will result in an enormous blow tol the American Economy.

William G. Bigelow
Port Charlotte, FL