Inhofe wants EPA to report economic impact of regulations

Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations Optimism rising for infrastructure deal Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate MORE (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment to the Senate's extension of unemployment benefits that would require the Environmental Protection Agency report the economic impacts of any new regulations.

The debate over unemployment benefits has occupied the Senate since the start of the new year, making it the perfect time, in Inhofe's eyes, to tack on the rider.

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"While the President likes to tout that the economy is recovering, behind closed doors his administration is creating regulations that are stifling innovation, production and job creation," Inhofe said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Under the Obama Administration, the EPA has finalized countless regulations affecting every industry and preventing millions of American jobs from being created."

"My amendment is a common-sense solution to help bring an end to our long-term unemployment crisis and to bring much-needed transparency to the EPA's reckless regulatory policies," he added.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellFive fights for Trump’s first year Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road AACR’s march on Washington MORE (R-Ky.) signed on to co-sponsor the amendment, along with Environmental and Public Works Committee ranking member David VitterDavid VitterFormer senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Lobbying World MORE (R-La.), and Sens. John CornynJohn CornynTrump wall faces skepticism on border No Congress members along Mexico border support funding Trump's wall Obama-linked group launches ads targeting Republicans on immigration MORE (R-Texas) and Roy BluntRoy BluntAACR’s march on Washington Five hurdles to avoiding a government shutdown Bipartisan group demands answers on United incident MORE (R-Mo.).

Blunt argues that attempting to extend the unemployment benefits beyond what states normally pay isn't the right policy.

"It’s time that the EPA and the Obama Administration actually take into account the economic impact of their costly and onerous regulations," Blunt said in a statement.

It's unlikely that the amendment would be tacked on to an unemployment deal — which Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) said may be in the works — because Senate Democrats have vowed to shoot down any rider that gets in the way of Obama's climate regulations.