January 06, 2011
Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642
Obama Signs Three EPW Bills into Law
Inhofe Welcomes Bipartisan Effort, Hopes Bills Set Example for 112th Congress
Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed news that President Obama signed three bipartisan EPW bills into law this week, each of which strengthens public health protections without putting jobs or economic growth at risk.
"These bills, which are now the law of the land, should serve as the model for addressing the many legislative challenges we face," Sen. Inhofe said. "In these particular cases, we worked together, Republicans and Democrats, to address environmental issues with proper concern for maintaining jobs and keeping the economy growing. I believe we have a solid foundation to work from as we move into the 112th Congress.
"These bills will strengthen protections for drinking water and improve air quality. Another important bill ends an unfunded mandate on local communities, as the federal government will now pay its fair share to address stormwater pollution.
"Finally, I want to thank EPW Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and former Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) for their efforts to get these bills to the President's desk."
EPW Legislation Signed Into Law: