GOP Legislator Introduces Bill to Abolish EPA

Freshman Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) says that abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency will provide more “effective and efficient protection.”

By | February 6, 2017

A 2016 campaign mailer listing some of the pillars of Gaetz's policy platformWIKIMEDIA, BABOONXFreshman Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL), introduced a bill into the House’s Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Friday (February 3) that would essentially terminate the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “To better protect the environment we should abolish the EPA and downstream resources to states for more effective & efficient protection,” Gaetz posted on his Facebook page on February 2.

As of this afternoon (February 6) the text of “H.R. 861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency” was not available. But several of Gaetz’s GOP colleagues signed on to cosponsor the bill. Barry Loudermilk, who has represented Georgia’s 11th District since 2015, Thomas Massie, a Representative from Kentucky, and Steven Palazzo, who has represented Mississippi since 2011, all signed on to the bill.

“The Constitution reserves lawmaking authority for the legislative branch, not unelected bureaucrats in the executive branch,” Massie said in a statement to The Louisville Courier-Journal on Friday. “The EPA makes rules that undermine the voice of the American people and threaten jobs in Kentucky.”

This is not the first Congressional attempt to abolish the EPA. In 2011, two GOP lawmakers, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Newt Gingrich (R-GA), introduced legislation to terminate the federal agency. Both of those bills failed to make it through the Senate.

In any case, a bill calling to abolish the EPA is unlikely to make it through the legislature. “It's hard to imagine Congress being willing to do so, and the American public would almost certainly virulently oppose such a move,” University of California-Los Angeles Law School professor Ann Carlson told Bloomberg BNA back in March.

“This is just red meat to their supporters, of course, and cannot be unilaterally accomplished,” Jody Freeman, Harvard Law School professor, told Bloomberg BNA. “Presidents can ask Congress for skeletal agency budgets, try to stymie or slow agency work or control them and weaken regulation through centralized White House review, but they cannot eliminate agencies or zero out budgets by fiat.”

Add a Comment

Avatar of: You



Sign In with your LabX Media Group Passport to leave a comment

Not a member? Register Now!

LabX Media Group Passport Logo


Avatar of: gpayne


Posts: 1

February 7, 2017

Carl Hiaasen, are you reading this?

Avatar of: lj


Posts: 4

February 7, 2017

Last time I looked, the air didn't seem to confined to one state.  Neither did the water for that matter.

Avatar of: Barry J Barclay

Barry J Barclay

Posts: 16

February 7, 2017

As an environmental health professional I find this suggestion to abolish the EPA appalling, mean-spirited, uncaring and devoid of common decency.

Popular Now

  1. Running on Empty
    Features Running on Empty

    Regularly taking breaks from eating—for hours or days—can trigger changes both expected, such as in metabolic dynamics and inflammation, and surprising, as in immune system function and cancer progression.

  2. Athletes’ Microbiomes Differ from Nonathletes
  3. Mutation Linked to Longer Life Span in Men
  4. Gut Feeling
    Daily News Gut Feeling

    Sensory cells of the mouse intestine let the brain know if certain compounds are present by speaking directly to gut neurons via serotonin.