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GOP Senate Bill Aims to Abolish EPA

Monday, May 9, 2011

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Senate Republicans have long talked the talk about abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency. Now, they’re walking the walk.

Sen. Richard Burr, of North Carolina, has introduced a bill (S. 892) that would roll the EPA into the Department of Energy, creating a new agency called the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE).

 Richard Burr
Combining the administrative functions of EPA and DOE would save money, says Sen. Richard Burr, the bill’s sponsor.

Burr says the merger would “provide cost savings by combining duplicative functions while improving the administration of energy and environmental policies by ensuring a coordinated approach.”

The full text of the bill is not yet available, but it has been read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

‘Core Functions’ Maintained

The DOEE “would combine support and administrative offices of the two agencies and would take the recommendations from the Government Accountability Office and Office of Management and Budget to eliminate ineffective or duplicative programs,” Burr said in a statement.  “Core functions of each agency would be maintained.”

Burr’s office says the bill could save more than $3 billion in the next year alone.

“The amount of money wasted annually on duplicative programs within the federal government is staggering,” Burr said.  “This common-sense approach will reduce duplicative and wasteful functions across these two agencies and streamline our approach to a comprehensive, coordinated energy and environmental policy.”

Republican Support

Though the current bill is positioned as a cost-cutting measure, Republicans have been pursuing high-profile attacks on EPA for months, calling the agency over-reaching and anti-business.

Burr’s bill has 15 Republican co-sponsors: Jim Demint (SC), Mike Enzi (WY), John Thune (SD), John McCain (AZ), Dan Coats (IN), Richard Shelby (AL), John Barasso (WY), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Thad Cochran (MS), Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), David Vitter (LA), Orrin Hatch (UT), Ron Johnson (WI), and Mike Lee (UT).

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Protection; EPA; Government; Politics; Regulations

Comment from Osiris Mosley, (5/10/2011, 7:13 AM)

I think this would be beneficial as far as labor goes, but the protential lack of oversight of enironmental controls could be dangerous and more harmful than beneficial in the long run.


Comment from paul mellon, (5/10/2011, 8:42 AM)

Paintsquare apparently needs a lesson in Political Science 101. For a bill to pass in the US Federal Government it takes the House and Senate to both pass the bill and then the President must sign the bill. Then it is law. If the President vetoes the bill it takes a 2/3 rd vote by the Congress to over ride the veto for the bill to become law. Guess which party controls the Senate and Presidency? The Republican EPA bill is a publicity stunt and has as much chance of passing as Bin Laden does of passing by Saint Peter into the pearly gates of Heaven. Surprised Paintsquare doesn’t Republican stunt or perhaps they do. This charade is wishful thinking by the Industry just like Paintsquare’s treatment of the House stunt to defund the EPA if they label CCR’s like coal slag abrasives as Hazardous Waste. Not gonna happen people. Next.


Comment from James Johnson, (5/10/2011, 9:12 AM)

Though this apears to be a cost cutting measure by removing duplication of services, which is good, it does not appear to dissolve either agency but merely to merge them. It is hard to judge anything without actually reading the bill though. Going back to Political Science 101 and reading the Constitution I reread the enumerated powers allotted to the federal government and could find nothing authorizing either agency. Since every state has their own environmental controls perhaps it is time to dissolve those agencies and let the states deal with it.


Comment from paul mellon, (5/10/2011, 11:47 AM)

Article Two of the Federal Constitution provides that the President can require "the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices." The Constitution did not then establish the names (or list or limit the number) of Cabinet departments. These details were left to Congress and the President to determine. Washington and the Congress then established 4 Cabinet Secretaries, Treasury, War, State and the Attorney General. None are “listed” in the Constitution. We may have too many Cabinet Departments but the EPA is not going away because the minority party in the Senate proposes a symbolic bill for their base which will be shelved the day it is proposed.


Comment from Sam Sparks, (5/10/2011, 12:08 PM)

The symbolic position that should be taken is that there be no Administrative rule-making allowed. All EPA regulations should be debated by the Congress and voted upon. Un-Constitutional powers have been usurped by an Executive branch, cabinet position from the people, who have no direct power in their crafting and no recourse against their implementation.


Comment from Tom Teune, (5/10/2011, 9:17 PM)

If Burr wants to save money, he can cut a few hundreds of billion dollars from the military budget. If Burr wants to have clean water, air, lakes and rivers he had better spend a few billion on duplicative services from the government. Government is good. Tom Teune


Comment from Richard Croft Jr, (5/12/2011, 2:42 PM)

Government is good??? A broad brush statement like that should certainly gather a following! Government is like anything else, in the right proportions, minus special interests, greed, power grabbing, and yada, yada, yada. Please, government is good! Like contracting a terminal disease! How about we replace the "good government" with common sense.


Comment from Nava Skolnik, (5/13/2011, 2:27 PM)

First of all, the headline is very misleading. The Republicans are talking about merging, cutting duel functions and improve bureaucracy. I would be very glad if the headline was true, because If you have too much government watching and not enough people doing- you have a problem. Why it is not all left to the states? Why is the federal government spending more & more money on impeding the industry, which cause to more and more business to go to countries that don’t care. We are losing both the jobs as well is the quality of air since we are all sharing it.


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