McConnell said the EPA, by endlessly delaying permits, has turned the process into "an illegitimate, back-door means to shut down coal mines permanently."
Were the Capito-McConnell bill to become law, the agency would have 270 days to make a decision on a permit and would lose the power to retroactively veto permits.
Capito said the legislation would reinstate "the vital roles that states play in finding the proper balance between jobs and the environment."
States would have final say in setting standards, and the permitting process would be expanded to include an assessment of economic impact.
It's the difference between responsive government and arrogant, top-down government.
That difference in respect for working people has made a big difference in how West Virginians vote.