Grimes Taps More Obama Anti-Coal Friends

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September 9, 2014
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Three Anti-Coal Lawmakers Headline Tonight’s High Dollar Fundraiser In The Washington DC Suburbs

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes fundraising with Obama’s anti-coal liberals in Washington, DC.

"The last time Alison Lundergan Grimes went to D.C. she flat out lied to Kentuckians about standing up for coal at a fundraiser with Harry 'coal makes us sick' Reid.  If there was any doubt about her commitment to the Obama agenda over the interests of Kentucky, Grimes is going back to raise money with the Senator who shut down the entire appropriations process to stop Senator McConnell's amendment to protect Kentucky coal,” said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore. “The fact that Alison Lundergan Grimes is consistently allied with anti-Kentucky interests in order to fund her fledgling campaign is proof positive that Obama needs Grimes, but Kentucky needs Mitch McConnell." 

BACKGROUND: 

Grimes Fundraising With Liberal DC Senators. “Three liberal Maryland Democrats — Sens. Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin and Rep. Chris Van Hollen — will headline a Tuesday evening fundraiserfor Grimes in Potomac, Md., where attendees are asked to pony up as much as $2,600 each to attend. The event is at the home of Lora and Jeff Drezner, who is the founder of a medical education company Clinical Care Options.” (Manu Raju, “Alison Lundergan Grimes heading to D.C. to raise cash,” Politico, 9/8/14) 

Sen. Mikulski Blocked McConnell Coal Amendment 

Sen. Barbara Mikulski Held Up Appropriations Bills To Prevent A Vote On Sen. McConnell’s Coal Amendment. “In the Appropriations Committee, long accustomed to a freewheeling process, chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has held up action on three spending bills, apparently to head off politically difficult votes on changes to the divisive health care law as well as potential losses to Republicans on amendments such as McConnell's on the coal industry.” (Andrew Taylor, “Fear Of Voting Grips Senate Democratic Chiefs,” Associated Press, 6/27/14)  

Sen. Mikulski “Made The Call” To Pull Votes That Would Have Helped Kentucky Coal. At issue was an amendment by Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell that would have allowed the Kentucky Republican and Appropriations panel member to successfully go to bat for his state's coal industry as the spending panel was to consider on Thursday a measure funding the Energy Department and other agencies. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., officially made the call…” (Andrew Taylor, “Fear Of Voting Grips Senate Democratic Chiefs,” Associated Press, 6/27/14) 

Sen. McConnell’s Amendment “Appeared On Track To Prevail.” “McConnell's amendment appeared on track to prevail. It is aimed at blocking any new government rules on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. He's made his opposition to what he calls the Obama administration's "war on coal" a centerpiece in his own re-election bid.” (Associated Press, 6/18/14

Ben Cardin Calls Global Warming “Biggest Threat To Life On Earth As We Know It” 

Sen. Ben Cardin Praised The EPA’s Coal-Killing Regulations. "Strong but flexible carbon pollution standards for power plants are needed and welcome news for America’s clean energy future.  For years we have had power plant standards that protect our communities from air pollutants like lead and mercury.  We are finally seeing similar standards for the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change, the biggest threat to life on Earth as we know it,” said Senator Cardin, “Science tells us climate change is real." (Press Release, “Cardin Lauds Strong But Flexible Carbon Pollution Rules As Positive For Maryland,” Office of Sen. Ben Cardin, 6/2/14) 

Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s Bill: “Coal Would Lose” 

Rep. Chris Van Hollen Introduced A Bill That Would Require Companies To Have Permits To Produce Or Import Coal. “That’s where Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, comes in. Today Van Hollen introduced a bill he calls the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2014, cleverly wrapping an economic concept in the virtues of health, family, and security. The bill would require companies to have permits to produce or import carbon-containing fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas. (Peter Coy, “Is This How to Sell Americans on Fighting Global Warming?” Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/30/14)  

Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s Bill Would Make Coal A Loser. "Van Hollen’s bill would create winners and losers. Big Coal would lose because the cost of permits would induce companies to shift from carbon-intensive fuels like coal to such lower-carbon fuels as natural gas, or zero-carbon energy sources such as nuclear, hydro, wind, and solar." (Peter Coy, “Is This How to Sell Americans on Fighting Global Warming?” Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/30/14) 

Rep. Van Hollen Also Strongly Support The EPA’s Carbon Regulations And Praised Barack Obama’s “Historic Leadership On This Issue.” “I support the EPA's recently announced carbon rule and commend President Obama for his historic leadership on this issue. But as President Obama himself has said, his administration can't solve the entirety of this challenge on its own. In order to address climate change comprehensively, Congress is going to have to act. (Rep. Chris Van Hollen, “Protecting Our Climate and the Middle Class,” Huffington Post, 7/30/14)

Grimes Didn’t Mention Coal At Her Last DC Fundraiser 

Despite Promising To Defend Kentucky Coal, Grimes “Never Mentioned Coal During An 11-Minute Speech” At A Washington Fundraiser With Harry Reid. “Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes promised to defend Kentucky's coal industry during a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid last week, but she never mentioned coal during an 11-minute speech at the Washington, D.C., event, Politico reported Monday. In an audio recording of the speech obtained by Politico, Grimes instead criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's record on jobs, the minimum wage and women's issues, prompting McConnell's campaign to accuse Grimes of misleading Kentucky voters.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Herald Leader, 6/9/14) 

Grimes Appeared At A D.C. Fundraiser With Harry Reid In June 2014 “Just Three Days After The EPA Announced” New Emissions Regulations. “Just as Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes tries to run away from Washington Democrats’ environmental positions, she’s set to fundraise with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Grimes — the Democratic nominee to take on Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell — is slated to attend a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Thursday with Reid at a Capitol Hill hotel, according to an invitation that first appeared on the website ActBlue last month. That’s just three days after the EPA announced it would clamp down on carbon emissions by up to 30 percent over the next 15 years, a proposal expected to disproportionately hit the coal industry.” (Burgess Everett, “Grimes To Hold D.C. Fundraiser With Reid,” Politico, 6/2/14)

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