By Ramsey Cox
The Energy Consumers Relief Act, S. 1363, would require the EPA to submit a report to Congress detailing costs and benefits of the rules, as well as the impact on energy prices and jobs if the rule would cost more than $1 billion.
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has introduced companion legislation in the House.
“The Energy Consumers Relief Act adds a layer of necessary transparency to the EPA ensuring that American workers are protected from unnecessary regulations,” Cassidy said.
Republicans have increased their scrutiny of the EPA since President Obama gave a speech on the environment last month. Obama announced that the EPA would start regulating carbon emissions of existing power plants. GOP lawmakers called the announcement a "war on coal."