A group of moms promoting issues important to families is airing a TV ad in Pennsylvania to thank U.S. Sen. Bob Casey for his vote to preserve the Environmental Protection Agency's clean air rule that limits emissions of mercury and other air toxics.
The left-leaning Momsrising called Casey and Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown "courageous" for their votes. Both men were under tremendous pressure from coal interests in their states to vote to overturn the EPA regulation. The ad for Casey is running in Scranton and Wilkes Barre.
"Thanks to the leadership of Senators Brown and Casey, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, an essential public health protection, remains intact,” said MomsRising Executive Director and CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner in a statement. “The more than one million mothers we represent across the country offer their gratitude and are literally breathing a sigh of relief.”
Advocates of the clean air standard say the emissions threaten the health of children, causing neurological damage and asthma attacks. Critics say the regulations are job killers, particularly in coal production.
The 30-second spot, which Momsrising said is a six-figure ad buy, shows images of small children playing outside. “Thanks to Senator Casey’s vote, Pennsylvania families will have thousands of fewer asthma attacks, hospital visits and even deaths” a voiceover says. Watch here:Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun