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House votes to link regulations to jobless rate

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.

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