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.


  1. how about a constitutional conservative movement without sara palins screechy voice lead by articulate and intelligent citizens with actual working ideas. Th tea party zealots cost the senate in their last run. Common sense needs to prevail this time. The long term approach needs to be taken

    • You sound like a Washington Establishment Republican who refuses to accept the republican leadership isn't looking after the people who elected them. Boehner, Canter and McCarty are more interested in keeping their power rather than defend and protect the Constitution they swore an oath to. To blame the loss of the senate on Tea Party zealots is to overlook the lack of leadership by McConnell. The Republican "leadership" and I use the term loosely, threw the people who gave them the House in 2010, under the bus because you don't buck the powers that be. When you lose against a president who has the record Obama has you have to look to the leadership, or lack thereof.

      The current congress has been absolutely worthless. They allowed themselves to become irrelevant by giving up their Constitutional powers of writing legislation. Instead of demanding cuts in spending Boehner agreed to Continuing Resolutions which has resulted in increased indebtedness. He is getting ready to sell us down the river again. Try getting rid of your tunnel vision with regard to placing blame.

  2. The Republicans need to stop funding these creeps If they have no money they cant do much harm wake up Republicans and do your job

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