Senators Look to Force EPA to Report Job Losses Caused by its Rules
Legislation authored by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any major regulation until the agency analyzes the economic impact of its current regulations. The EPA Employment Impact Analysis Act cites several examples where the National Economic Research Associates reported EPA regulations would result in thousands of job losses. The measure currently has 29 cosponsors - including Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns. Johanns says the Administration's regulatory onslaught is making it harder for Americans to find good jobs. He says the EPA has refused to disclose the true costs of its agenda and it's time they own up to the real impact they're having on the nation's struggling economy. Johanns says this measure does nothing more than attempt to strike a common-sense balance between the desire for a clean environment and the desire for Americans to be able to find work.
Inhofe and Johanns introduced similar legislation last Congress requiring EPA - in conjunction with other relevant federal departments and agencies - to determine the total economic impact on agriculture and other economic sectors of several major rules EPA was preparing to issue.