The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that would ban major new federal regulations for two years or until the quarterly unemployment rate falls to 6 percent or less.
The vote was 245-172, with 232 Republicans favoring the bill and 170 Democrats opposing it.
All six Republicans from Indiana -- including Reps. Marlin Stutzman, Dan Burton and Mike Pence, the GOP candidate for governor -- supported the moratorium on regulations costing the economy more than $50 million. All three Hoosier Democrats -- including Rep. Joe Donnelly, his party's candidate for a U.S. Senate seat -- voted against the bill.
The national jobless rate was 8.2 percent in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The last time the unemployment rate was below 6 percent was in July 2008, when it was 5.8 percent.
The ban could include executive-branch rules on health care, the environment and the financial services industry.
The Democratic Senate is unlikely to consider the legislation, and the White House issued a statement Monday saying advisers would recommend that President Obama veto the measure if it reaches him.