U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ozone regulation:

The rule is more proof the Obama Administration is turning a deaf ear to Americans who want Washington to focus on job creation. The ‘most expensive regulation ever’ is going to put more Americans out of work and make it even harder for our economy to grow. And once again, the EPA is completely ignoring the very serious health impacts of unemployment that will result because of its rule.


As I’ve said before, the two months after the election will set the tone of the next two years. The Obama Administration continues to push policies that are not supported by the American people. In January, Republicans in Congress will listen to Americans and focus on their priorities. We’ll do everything possible to stop this regulation and help Americans have better job opportunities.


The EPA’s proposal would lower the allowable ozone level from 75 parts per billion, set in the final years of the George W. Bush administration, to a new standard in the range of 65-70 parts per billion. As part of the rule-making process, the EPA would accept comment on a wider range of possible limits. The agency is expected to adopt a final rule next fall.