Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
Katie Brown Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-2160
Inhofe: Fight Against EPA's Job-Killing Train Wreck Regulations Ongoing
Time For Senate Majority Leader to Allow Votes on Bipartisan Efforts to Reign in EPA
Washington, D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, spoke today on the Senate floor on the ongoing fight against the Obama Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "train wreck" regulations. He voted in favor of Senator Rand Paul's bid to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Cross-State Rule, and an amendment sponsored by Senator John McCain which contains Senator Inhofe's Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. Originally introduced as a bill in March 2011, the Energy Tax Prevention Act prevents the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.
"Today the Senate had an important opportunity to debate the largest impediment to job growth and economic recovery facing our nation: President Obama's EPA," Senator Inhofe said. "In the past two years, EPA has issued an unprecedented number of rules - known as the "EPA train wreck" - which are slowing the economy and killing jobs. Taken together, these regulations could cost upwards of a trillion dollars, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and significantly raise energy prices for families, businesses, and farmers. In fact, from farm dust to puddles of water on the road, there are few aspects of American life EPA is not planning to regulate, and it is American families who will pay the price.
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is working to protect the President and his Democrat majority - but not American families. In fact, he won't allow a debate on many of the challenges we face today because it would expose Obama's failed policies. That is why Senator Paul was forced to bring the CRA forward. The irony is that the Senate stands ready to pass bipartisan legislation reining in EPA on a number of fronts, including the regulation of farm dust and industrial boilers. But these bills - which could provide real, substantive relief to families and job creators - may never see the light of day. Our fight against EPA's job-killing train wreck regulations is ongoing and we will continue to take every opportunity to expose the havoc they will wreak on our economy."