The Hill reports:
A group of Senate Republicans is floating legislation that would block Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations unless the EPA offsets their cost to other federal agencies with spending cuts.
Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) proposal is another method of enabling Congress to block carbon regulations, because under his plan, EPA could only avoid the offset requirement with congressional approval.
The bill introduced Monday by Flake and three GOP colleagues arrives just days after the EPA floated carbon emissions limits for future power plants. The agency is also working on more far-reaching regulations for existing power plants. Critics of the EPA rules say they will increase power costs.
Flake, in a statement, accused EPA of a “regulation-at-all-cost strategy that seems to strike hardest at those who are least able to afford it.”
“The legislation I’ve introduced will provide some much needed restraint by forcing the EPA to be accountable for their regulatory actions,” said Flake, who introduced the bill with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).