On February 23, over 200 congressmen led by House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) sent a letter to Jeffrey Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, charging that the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending new source performance standard rule could have a devastating impact on job growth and the economy. The members questioned whether the proposal would comply with President Obama’s Executive Order No. 13,563, which requires federal agencies to ensure that all regulations are cost effective. The Environmental Protection Agency agreed in 2010 to issue the power plant rule as part of a court settlement with environmental groups and states, and after missing two court deadlines to propose the rule, the Office of Management and Budget has been reviewing the proposal since November 7 while the agency negotiates with plaintiffs on a new deadline to issue the rule.