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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) announcement on federal coal leasing.   

“There seems to be no limit to the number of job-crushing regulations, executive orders and insults Secretary Jewell and President Obama will throw at America’s middle class. This administration is in a full-scale war with coal communities and families.  

“When rural America says President Obama has contempt for their lives and livelihoods, they mean decisions like today's announcement. A moratorium on federal coal leasing effectively hands a pink slip to the thousands of people in Wyoming and across the West employed in coal production. 

“I’m prepared to act to protect middle-class workers from this latest attempt to turn out the lights on American energy.”