Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160
Inhofe Provides Reality Check on Obama Regulatory ReformWashington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today commented on the Obama administration's retrospective analysis of existing regulations, as announced earlier this year:
"There's no question that regulatory red tape is hurting the economy and stifling job growth," Senator Inhofe said. "But President Obama's actions are out of step with his talking points. Let's put this in perspective: over the past two years the Obama administration has unleashed the most aggressive regulatory regime in American history. From cap and trade regulations to a clean water power grab, Obama is doing through regulation what he could not achieve through legislation. This agenda has increased costs on every American and put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. Any steps to reduce red tape are more than welcome, but if the President truly wants to make a difference to job growth, he can begin by reining in the Environmental Protection Agency's stringent greenhouse gas regulations and water rules, which are unrivaled in the harm they pose to the American economy."