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Committee Dems Reject Job Loss Cap (and what does this say about the party in power?)

By <a class="post-author" href="/about#mlewis">Marlo Lewis</a> -- May 20, 2009

Yesterday, on a strict party-line vote (34 Nay, 21 Yea), Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee defeated Rep. Fred Upton’s (R-MI) amendment to protect workers from potential job losses due to the Waxman-Markey legislation.

Upton’s amendment is short and to the point:

After section 2, insert the following section and make the necessary conforming changes in the table of contents:


The Administrator [of EPA], in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall annually prepare and certify a report to Congress on the average national employment rate for the prior year. If the Administrator determines, in consultation with the Department of Labor, that the unemployment rate for the prior year meets or exceeds 15%, as a result of the implementation of this Act, the provisions of the Act shall cease to be effective.