Missouri Senator Roy Blunt is calling for debate on an energy proposal on the Senate floor. During the Senate Republican Leadership Stakeout, Blunt criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D) Nevada, for refusing to allow an open debate and amendment consideration on the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act,” which was introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, (D) New Hampshire, and Rob Portman, (R) Ohio.
Blunt introduced an amendment to protect families from rising energy costs by preventing a carbon tax. Missouri relies on coal for more than 80 percent of the state’s electricity needs, and Blunt says states like Missouri would see their utility bills increase by 19 percent if a carbon tax was imposed.
Blunt introduced similar amendments in April 2014 to the unemployment insurance bill, and in March 2013 to the FY14 budget.