Inhofe wants EPA to report economic impact of regulations

Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeSenate panel advances Pentagon chief, Joint Chiefs chairman nominees Trump's pick to lead Pentagon glides through confirmation hearing Trump says US will not sell Turkey F-35s after Russian missile defense system purchase 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 McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE (R-Ky.) signed on to co-sponsor the amendment, along with Environmental and Public Works Committee ranking member David VitterDavid Bruce VitterLobbying World Senate confirms Trump judge who faced scrutiny over abortion views Collins votes against Trump judicial pick MORE (R-La.), and Sens. John CornynJohn CornynGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Hillicon Valley: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Senators introduce legislation to boost cyber defense training in high school MORE (R-Texas) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP wants commitment that Trump will sign budget deal Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Senate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime 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 ReidDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong 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.