(Sierra Vista) In only a few months since the last time Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-CD2) delivered her “State of the District” speech in Cochise County, a stay by the U.S. Supreme Court has put the Clean Power Plan(CPP) on hold. But a sense of urgency remains for the congresswoman to protect Apache Generating Station(AGS) and the people who depend on its electricity at the end of the line.
“The President’s overreaching EPA rule on energy producers could eliminate over 240 jobs, spike rates, and cause rolling blackouts in rural Arizona,” she said.
McSally discussed what she called the “major issues” during her State of the District speech hosted by the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce at the Windemere Hotel March 9. The Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted a similar address in November, before the Supreme Court issued its stay for the CPP.
“Instead of focusing on providing better economic opportunity for those struggling, this rule will hit many families in southern Arizona when they can least afford it. I’ve fought to give our energy suppliers greater flexibility and protect southern Arizona residents from the rule’s harmful effects, and now I’m glad to see the Supreme Court put a hold on it,” McSally said.
McSally, who toured the AGS only 53 days after being sworn in to office, supported legislation to protect Apache from the regulations that threatened to shut it down under the CPP. But the president rejected the effort.
“Unfortunately, he vetoed it,” McSally said. “But thank God we have litigation that made its way up the chain to put a hold on that. Just know that we will be strongly advocating to keep the AGS open.”
McSally said she “pushed back hard” against the CPP with letters, phone calls, and meetings with key policy makers, and the result, with the help of other policy makers, was a modified rule.
“I used to shoot a 30-millimeter, now I write letters,” the retired A-10 pilot told the crowd.
The congresswoman said that the House of Representatives is “very aware” of the need to roll back regulation. But she said that the challenge remains on how to get those changes through the Senate and past the president without him vetoing it.
“We need an executive who stops creating new regulations or at least rolls back nonsensical ones,” she said.
As frustrating as some of the battles in Washington can be, McSally said the support from the voters who sent her there keeps her focused on what she has to do, and that she remains “humbled” to represent them.