Inhofe: Some Dems won’t ‘fall on the sword of Obama’ to defend EPA rules

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) believes all is not lost in his push to thwart Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations despite President Obama’s victory and Democrats’ continued control of the Senate.

Inhofe, one of Capitol Hill’s most persistent critics of EPA regulations on carbon dioxide and other pollutants, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that new political opportunities await EPA foes.

“There are a lot of Democrats who are coming up for re-election in 2014 who are not going to want to fall on the sword of Obama on this overregulation once the people at home know what it is costing them,” he said on Platts Energy Week TV.

Inhofe said “we’ve got a rough two years” ahead, but added that he will continue trying to turn back EPA rules, including with Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions.

The mid-1990s law, which was part of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-Ga.) “Contract with America,” gives Congress an opening to overturn federal agency regulations. Resolutions under the act are immune from Senate filibuster.

Read more at The Hill. By Ben German.

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