Sen. Blunt Resumes Push to Erect Hurdles to Carbon Tax

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By Dean Scott

May 24 — Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution May 24 that would put the Senate on record as opposing a U.S. tax on carbon pollution.

Blunt's sense-of-the Senate resolution is similar to other carbon tax prohibitions he has offered in recent years, including several as amendments to annual budget resolutions.

The Senate in March 2015 adopted a similar amendment to its fiscal 2016 budget resolution. But budget resolution amendments are largely symbolic—and nonbinding—since the budget blueprints are not signed by the president (58 ECR, 3/26/15).

The measure has two-dozen co-sponsors, including one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.).

Votes to bar a carbon tax are largely touted as a sense of the Senate's deep opposition to President Barack Obama's climate policies, although the president's agenda has not included a tax on carbon.

Several industry groups offered their support for Blunt's resolution in a May 24 letter to the senator.

“At a time when many American families are trying desperately to get ahead, the last thing we need is to see policies put in place that will take our entire economy backwards,” according to the letter. It was signed by more than two-dozen groups including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Tea Party Nation, and Citizens Against Government Waste.

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