The Senate voted to halt the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule during October. This rule replaced the former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). In a 41-53 vote, the Senate rejected the Congressional Review Act resolution to stop the ACE rule.

New U.S. National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Rich Nolan applauded the majority of senators that stood up in defense of the ACE rule and “rejected a clear case of political theater.”

He continued, “The ACE rule shows that it is possible to advance the nation’s environmental protections while preserving the rightful authority of the states to manage their own unique energy infrastructure and electric grids. Unlike the prior administration, this EPA has chosen to follow the law instead of picking winners and losers, and through that path has paved the
way for a smart, all-of-the-above energy strategy that makes affordable, reliable electricity accessible for all Americans.”

The ACE vote never reached the numbers needed for repeal and was regarded as symbolic for lawmakers clinging to anti-coal policies.