April 5, 2011- Rep. Gerry Connollly (D-Va.) wants to change the title of a bill that would permanently block Environmental Protection Agency climate regulations to the "Koch Brothers Appreciation Act," a reference to the billionaire brothers who are active in Republican politics.
Connolly has submitted to the House Rules Committee a series of amendments that would change the title of the bill to everything from the "Middle Eastern Economic Development and Assistance Act" to the "Head in the Sand Act."
Others include the "Protecting Americans from Polar Bears Act” and the "Oil Producing Economy Capitulation Act.”
The amendments are a last-ditch effort by Connolly to criticize Republicans ahead of the upcoming floor debate Wednesday on the legislation, which was authored by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).
The Koch Brothers — who own a Kansas-based refining and chemicals company — are key backers of conservative advocacy groups and candidates. Casting GOP energy and climate policy as a sop to the Kochs, and the oil industry more broadly, is a pillar of political messaging efforts among liberal groups and some Democrats.