GOP bill would gut EPA

The Hill – by Timothy Cama

A House Republican is sponsoring legislation to do away with large portions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including environmental justice and greenhouse gas programs.

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas)  introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act on Thursday, saying it would save $7.5 billion annually. That would leave the agency with a budget of less than $1 billion. 

Major EPA climate change programs would be eliminated under the measure.

The legislation would also close all of the EPA’s regional offices, halt new regulations on ground-level ozone pollution and require the agency to lease unused property.

“As a fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should be a good steward of taxpayers’ dollars,” Johnson said in a statement.

“Part of being a good steward includes reining in unnecessary spending, holding agencies accountable for ‘waste,’ and getting rid of politicians’ ‘pet projects.’ For example, American taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for the EPA’s many vacant and underutilized properties that the EPA’s own Inspector General identified as wasteful,” he said.

The legislation is modeled after a report from the Heritage Foundation, which identified the EPA programs as wasteful.

Johnson introduced similar legislation in 2015, when it did not get any formal congressional consideration.

The legislation differs from a bill introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) this month that would completely eliminate the EPA.

3 thoughts on “GOP bill would gut EPA

  1. “As a fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should be a good steward of taxpayers’ dollars,” Johnson said in a statement.”

    I believe you’re full of sh#t.

    I have that on good authority.

  2. Yeah.
    They’ve done such a great job on chemtrail atmospheric pollution.
    And, hey, look how great the Pacific Ocean is doing.
    No radiation there? Huh?
    Don’t forget monoculture and the spraying of carcinogens on virtually every square inch of inhabitable land.
    Oh. There’s vaccines.
    I’m too fatigued to go on.
    I just needed to vent and point a few of the gazillion hypocrisies that we are expected to sublimate away.
    Every day.

  3. If only they would include gutting the DEA, ATF, IRS, “Federal Reserve”, ADL, CIA, DHS, FBI, NSA, DIA, TSA, DOE, Education Dept., HHS, HUD, etc.
    It’s late, but I’m sure I could quadruple this list if I had the time.
    It’s like the old joke.
    What do call a hundred lawyers drowning in the lake?
    A good start!

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