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Gibbs and Renacci discuss government regulation with Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative PAC members

Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, addressed his concerns with regulatory overreach with members of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative’s Co-op Owners for Political Action at a breakfast recently at the co-op’s West Salem office.

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Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, and Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, addressed their concerns with regulatory overreach with members of Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative’s Co-op Owners for Political Action at a breakfast Thursday morning at the co-op’s West Salem office.

“Regulations are absolutely killing our economy and stifling our growth,” Gibbs said to Holmes-Wayne members.

Gibbs, a member of Holmes-Wayne, also expressed frustration with President Obama’s use of executive action including the Clean Power Plan to go around Congress in enacting policy.

“You can’t shut down base-load power generation and think you’re going to make it up with other sources. He’s circumventing Congress because he thinks he can get away with it,” Gibbs said.

Renacci echoed Gibbs’ concerns about the Obama administration.

“We have an administration that’s not listening and doesn’t care,” Renacci said. “Nothing will change in energy unless we change the administration.”

Renacci said the Republican-controlled Congress has done what it can to slow down the Obama administration, but that the president could still set regulation after regulation, forcing Congress to keep up.

Like Gibbs, Renacci also railed against President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

“It’s going to cause the price of power to go up and bills to go up, and we’re all going to pay for it,” Renacci said.

Implementation of the Clean Power Plan remains halted by the Supreme Court until its legality has been fully determined by the federal courts.

Glenn Miller, president and CEO of Holmes-Wayne, thanked Reps. Gibbs and Renacci for their support of electric cooperatives in the nation’s capital.

“We appreciate what you do for us in Washington and what you do for co-op members,” Miller said.

Co-op Owners for Political Action is a political action committee that supports politicians, regardless of party affiliation, who share public policy goals that are consistent with the mission of members-owned electric cooperatives. More than 34,000 cooperative members across the U.S. participate in the Co-op Owners.

Published: August 19, 2016
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