Senate Democrats Block Thune Amendment to Hold EPA Accountable to Taxpayers

Senate Democrats Block Thune Amendment to Hold EPA Accountable to Taxpayers

-Amendment would have increased Congressional oversight over costly EPA regulations-

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) refusal to consider any Republican amendments to the emergency unemployment insurance extension bill (H.R. 2874), U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) took to the Senate floor to ask unanimous consent for his amendment to hold the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) accountable to taxpayers by increasing Congressional oversight of costly regulations. Thune’s request was blocked by Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

Thune’s amendment would have required Congress to vote on any EPA regulation with costs greater than $50 million per year before that regulation could take effect. If Congress rejected the new regulation, the EPA would have to consider less costly alternatives to the proposed regulation.

Earlier today, Thune participated in a press conference with a number of his Senate Republican colleagues to discuss their job-creating energy amendments to the unemployment insurance extension bill.

Video of the Thune’s floor remarks and unanimous consent request can be viewed here.

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9 comments

  • Another reason to send a Republican to DC to help Senator Thune!

    • Agreed! Get those Dems out of there!

    • Did Johnson vote to block this? I’m assuming that if this was the official party line he obviously would. Tim can’t get out of D.C. fast enough for me, but I’d like him to go somewhere other than South Dakota.

      • Sorry, I didn’t read this through fully, so I didn’t see Reed from RI did the blocking. I guess he feels that an unelected, unaccountable department in the government should stay that way.

  • Was that what he named the amendment?

  • If you can do better Thune run for president your always complaining get in there and run show us what you got instead of blah, blah, blah.

    • You wouldn’t like it if he did run for president. You would still be blah, blah, blahing against him.

  • Thune will be at the end of his second term in 2016. Should he run for prez? run again for a 3rd term which seems to contradict recent pledges by others or simply retire?

  • Since when have republicans been actually concerned about taxpayers, since they ensure that only the rich get protected from taxes?