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Cornyn backs amendment requiring EPA to report economic impact of regulations

Cornyn backs amendment requiring EPA to report economic impact of regulations
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 10:53am

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has cosponsored an amendment, introduced by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), to the Senate's unemployment insurance extension bill (S.1845) that would prohibit the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) from finalizing any new regulation until it publicly reports how the agency's existing regulations under the Clean Air Act are impacting the economy and job creation.

“A recent report estimated that new federal regulations under the Obama Administration in 2013 added nearly 160 million hours of paperwork to the plates of U.S. workers and cost our economy more than $110 billion. Overregulation has a direct, negative impact on our economy and employers’ ability to create new jobs,” Sen. Cornyn said. “A full and frank assessment of that impact should be made before any more red tape is rolled out, and the EPA’s refusal to do so as required under the Clean Air Act only serves to cast doubt on the regulatory process and the President’s pledge to have the most transparent Administration in history.”

The amendment would enforce section 321(a) of the Clean Air Act, which requires the EPA to evaluate how its regulations are affecting employment across the economy.

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