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McConnell Tells Obama: 'You're No Thatcher'

Tuesday, 06 Sep 2011 07:59 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks that President Obama may be polishing his legacy a little too early in what could be his last term. He blasted the president Tuesday for trying to take credit for curbing onerous new ozone regulations.

"You don't lift a single regulation and suddenly claim to be Margaret Thatcher," the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor Tuesday, Politico reported.

McConnell said the EPA still has "dozens of other doozies in the pipeline" that would also strangle the economy, including upcoming limits on industrial boilers and cement manufacturers.

On Friday, Obama asked the EPA to withdraw plans to strengthen the George W. Bush administration’s 2008 ozone standard to “underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty.”

The EPA in January 2010 proposed to set the national health-based standard for ozone to some 70 parts per billion when averaged over an eight-hour period. The Bush administration had tightened the ozone limits from 84 ppb to 75 ppb in 2008, despite scientific advisers' recommendations to issue a standard between 60 ppb and 70 ppb.

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