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Inhofe wants EPA to report economic impact of regulations

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Senate confirms Austin to lead Pentagon under Biden Justice Dept. closes insider trading case against Burr without charges 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 McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop Harry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Senators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.) signed on to co-sponsor the amendment, along with Environmental and Public Works Committee ranking member David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE (R-La.), and Sens. John CornynJohn CornynThe Memo: Biden gambles that he can do it all Trump impeachment trial to begin week of Feb. 8 Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration MORE (R-Texas) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda 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 Mason ReidHarry Reid 'not particularly optimistic' Biden will push to eliminate filibuster Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation 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.