GOP Bill Will Abolish Environmental Protection Agency

GOP Bill Will Abolish Environmental Protection Agency February 15, 2017

Emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers plan to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

New legislation submitted to congress declares:

The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.

Earlier this month, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a freshman congressman from Florida, introduced legislation that would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The bill is being co-sponsored by three other Republicans: Kentucky’s Thomas Massie, Mississippi’s Steven Palazzo, and Georgia’s Barry Loudermilk.

The following is the text of the bill, via CNBC:

A BILL

To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. TERMINATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.

Using his official Facebook page to try to justify his legislation, Rep. Gaetz argued:

To better protect the environment we should abolish the EPA and downstream resources to states for more effective & efficient protection.

Gaetz has also started a petition, and is looking for “Citizen Co-Sponsors” for his legislation to abolish the EPA. The following is the text from that petition:

IT’S TIME TO ABOLISH THE EPA!

The Environmental Protection Agency has gone too far. Its unelected bureaucrats have become the 4th branch of government, writing rules and regulations that hurt businesses and infringe on states’ rights.

It’s time to abolish the EPA and allow state and local governments to enforce their own policies. Become a citizen co-sponsor of my bill abolishing the EPA and let Washington know we’ve had enough of their overreach.

Recently Gaetz told the Northwest Florida Daily News:

The EPA has been doing some drastic things. They have exceeded their original mission substantially under both Republican and Democratic presidents and violated the sovereignty of the states. I think we need to start fresh.

While it seems doubtful that Gaetz will be successful with his legislation to abolish the EPA, it is nevertheless alarming that such legislation is being seriously considered at all.

Bottom line: No matter what the fate of the Republican attempt to abolish the EPA, one thing is certain, the environment will suffer under a Trump presidency.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (Image via Facebook)
Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (Image via Facebook)
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