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Enzi, Others Advocate More Scrutiny of Rule-Making

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The Senate is considering legislation to extend long-term unemployment benefits. But better than extending benefits, is extending jobs, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. and he said one way to help do that is to put in check one of the most rampant job-killing bureaucracies our country has ever seen--the current Administration's EPA.

"I'm cosponsoring an amendment authored by Senator John Thune that would stop the EPA from finalizing greenhouse gas regulations on new and existing power plants if those regulations would destroy jobs or raise energy prices," Enzi said.

Enzi is also cosponsoring another Thune, R-S.D., amendment that would hold the EPA accountable to taxpayers by increasing Congressional oversight of costly regulations. Thune's amendment would require Congress to vote on any EPA regulation with costs greater than $50 million per year before that regulation could take effect.

"Unfortunately, the Senate majority leader has blocked the Senate from voting on either of these amendments. Even if one disagrees with these amendments, surely they should get a vote," Enzi said.

Another measure Enzi cosponsored is with Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It would establish the Office of Regulatory Analysis as an independent agency that would submit reports on the costs of federal regulations, both in terms of agency spending and broader economic losses or gains. Based on the agency's analysis and reports, Congress would establish an annual National Regulatory Budget, which would cap the total cost of regulations that can be implemented and enforced.

Enzi also supports a bill offered by Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, that would improve the process for making rules by increasing transparency and public input. It would also make the process for getting more costly rules more stringent.

Enzi has also cosponsored a bill introduced by Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., that would block the EPA from finalizing any new major regulation until the agency analyzes the economic impact of its current air regulations. Last year, Enzi signed onto the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act with Senator Rand Paul's, R-Ky., which would require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the Executive Branch before it can be implemented and enforced.

These are just a few of the latest examples of efforts to stop the tsunami of new rules and regulations brought about by this Administration, according to Enzi. The current Senate majority, which controls the agenda, regularly blocks all attempts to calm our current atmosphere of regulatory fervor.

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