WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to halt enforcement of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan until pending legal challenges are resolved:

“Tonight’s Supreme Court decision recognizes that Americans should not continue to bear the brunt of this administration’s costly regulations when there are serious doubts about their legality.

“This is a major step forward to stop the EPA’s unworkable and overreaching regulations and is consistent with legislation I introduced last year.

“West Virginians know the threats posed by the president’s Clean Power Plan, and many in our state are already feeling the effects of other EPA regulations with lost jobs and higher energy bills. To make sure that these EPA regulations don’t continue to hurt my state, I will continue my efforts to protect affordable, reliable energy and end this economic assault on energy-producing states.”

In May 2015, Senator Capito introduced the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act, also known as ARENA, which included a provision to extend the Clean Power Plan’s compliance dates pending final judicial review, including the submission of state plans.