Will Grimes Urge Reid To Protect Coal Jobs?

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July 29, 2014

Contact: Allison Moore 502-618-1372

LOUISVILLE – Team Mitch today released the following statement and background information on whether or not Alison Lundergan Grimes would urge Sen. Reid to protect coal jobs.  

"Alison Lundergan Grimes bragged about her frequent phone conversations with Harry Reid at a recent Washington fundraiser, while she failed to advocate a single time for Kentucky coal.  Her silence while Reid once again blocks Senator McConnell's amendment to protect Kentucky jobs speaks volumes about her willingness to play along with Barack Obama's agenda when Kentucky needs her the most," said Team Mitch spokeswoman Allison Moore. 

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BACKGROUND:

Harry Reid Blocking Vote On Sen. McConnell’s Pro-Coal Jobs Amdt.

Harry Reid Blocked Republican Amendments To The Bring Jobs Home Act. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked Republicans from offering amendments to a bill that would end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. Last week, the Senate voted 93-7 to begin consideration of S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, but now that Reid has filed cloture and filled the amendment tree Republicans will likely pull their support for the bill. (Ramsey Cox, “Reid blocks GOP amendments to outsourcing bill,” The Hill, 7/28/14)

Sen. McConnell Wants To Offer His Save Coal Jobs Act As An Amendment To The Bring Jobs Home Act. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he wants a vote on his Save Coal Jobs Act as an amendment to a bill that would end tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. “Since the majority leader seems so determined to convince everyone that he cares about protecting American jobs this week, I’m going to offer him an opportunity to prove that he’s serious too,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday. “He can do it by allowing a vote — or even voting himself — for an amendment of mine called the Saving Coal Jobs Act.” (Ramsey Cox, “McConnell calls for amendments to outsourcing bill,” The Hill, 7/24/14)

Alison Lundergan Grimes Silent On Coal

Alison Lundergan Grimes Still Claims She Meet With Majority Leader Harry Reid Privately After DC Fundraiser. “When asked for details on her private meeting with Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about coal, Grimes she had defended Kentucky jobs. “I let the leader know that I don’t stand in agreement with the president’s philosophies as it relates to his energy philosophy – nor (do I agree) with Mitch McConnell’s philosophy,” Grimes said. (Theo Keith, “Grimes, Democrats blast McConnell at annual dinner,” WAVE3, 7/25/14)

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,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

· CN|2: “After Assuring Kentuckians” She Would Use Reid Fundraiser “To Press The Issue Of Coal,” “Grimes Didn’t Bring The Issue Up Once.”“After assuring Kentuckians that she would use a fundraiser with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to press the issue of coal, attendees at the Washington event say Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes didn’t bring the issue up once.” (Jacqueline Pitts, “Fundraiser Attendees Dispute Grimes' Claim Of Talking Coal With Harry Reid,” CN|2’s “Pure Politics” Blog, 6/9/14)

· The Lexington Herald-Leader Headline: “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

· Herald-Leader: “She Never Mentioned Coal.” “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.” (Sam Youngman, “Grimes Didn't Defend Coal During D.C. Speech As Promised, According To Report,” Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/9/14)

 Fundraiser Attendee Says It Would Be “Impossible” For Grimes And Reid To Have Met Privately. “A Washington consultant who attended the event said “there is no way” Grimes could have privately had a discussion with Reid at the event because he arrived late and left before the Kentuckian.” (Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, “Alison Lundergan Grimes mum on coal at private fundraiser,” Politico, 6/9/14)

Days After Said Meeting with Grimes, Harry Reid Proves His Dedication To Implementing Obama’s War On Coal  

Harry Reid Blocked Sen. McConnell’s "Coal Country Protection Act" Just Days After His Fundraiser With Grimes. “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell failedWednesday in his effort to get a quick Senate vote on his bill blocking new government rules limiting emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Kentucky Republican was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. In his most low-key procedural voice, McConnell asked unanimous consent for "immediate consideration" of his "Coal Country Protection Act" - introduced Tuesday - that would set conditions before the Environmental Protection Agency would be allowed to implement new regulations aimed at reducing carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.” (James Carroll, “Mitch McConnell's coal bill blocked by Harry Reid,” Courier-Journal, 6/4/14)

 New Report Finds That EPA Regulations Will Cost Kentucky’s Regions Billions In Lost Coal Production Revenue. “The analysis found that coal-producing states without significant natural gas reserves get the short end of the stick. The analysis predicts the East South Central Region—which includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi—stands to lose anywhere from $1.7 billion to $2.5 billion in lost coal production revenue, while only gaining a possible $300,000 in natural gas production. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan sets out a path to decrease the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, which are contributing to climate change and causing health problems. The government argues that nationwide, the plan’s benefits far outweigh the costs.” (Erica Peterson, “Report Quantifies EPA Rule's Effect on Coal-Producing Regions,” WFPL, 7/24/14)

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