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Bill introduced to stop Stream Protection Rule, aid coal

Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., has introduced a resolution to force Congress to take an up-or-down vote on the Stream Protection Rule.

The finalization of the rule, which could negatively affect coal companies' ability to mine near streams, was announced Dec. 19. Jenkins said the joint resolution of congressional disapproval would allow a quick consideration and vote to overturn the rule with a simple majority vote of each chamber.

"This rule is President Obama's final chapter in his anti-coal legacy, a legacy that has cost West Virginia thousands of jobs and decimated our state's economy," Jenkins said in a news release. "I am taking swift action to stop this rule and this president's anti-coal agenda."

The Stream Protection Rule has already been challenged in U.S. District Court.