Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday accused the White House of delaying new environmental rules until after the election in a bid to improve President Obama’s reelection chances.

Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has made curbing various emissions rules one of his top legislative priorities.

He said Thursday that the cost of potential new rules, combined with existing ones, “is probably greater than the cost of servicing” the nation’s $5.3 trillion deficit.

Inhofe told “Fox and Friends” that the administration is intentionally stalling on the rules to keep voters in the dark about their costs.

“The president is planning on disobeying the law again, like he did in the WARN [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] Act, and not coming out and saying what types of regulations are going to be until after the election,” Inhofe said, referring to the federal law that requires employers of more than 100 workers to give 60 days’ notice of plant closings and mass layoffs.