Rep. Gosar Leads Charge to Defund EPA’s Job-Killing Regulations and Lawlessness
For Immediate Release
Date: April 7, 2016
Contact: Steven D. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting five appropriations riders to the House Appropriations Committee aimed at defunding job-killing and unconstitutional regulations put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“As the branch of government with the power of the purse, it our responsibility to stop unconstitutional and misguided regulations forced upon the American people by a politicized EPA. Throughout President Obama’s disastrous occupation of the White House, he has repeatedly used the EPA as a weapon to enact his radical ideology and circumvent the legislative process. All Americans, of all political beliefs, should be ashamed of this abuse of power which has left a scar on the executive branch and will have devastating repercussions for our nation’s future prosperity. In order to return the balance of power in favor of the American people, the House must take bold action and rein in this rogue agency before further harm is inflicted on our economy. These five commonsense appropriations riders accomplish that objective.”
The full text of Congressman’s appropriation’s language requests can be read by clicking on the titles below:
No Funds for the EPA's New Race Car Regulation
Even worse than this disastrous rule is the incredibly secretive and underhanded way in which the EPA introduced it. The original rule proposal was placed on page 40539 of the Federal Register under a section titled: “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.” This obfuscation is a blatant violation of the Administrative Procedures Act that requires sufficient notification of and opportunity for input from the regulated industry. The regulated industry was not even aware that this rule had been proposed until after the comment period had been closed by the EPA. This rule threatens the viability of the specialty equipment automotive aftermarket. Seven other members joined Congressman Gosar in submitting this bipartisan rider which he spearheaded.
No Funds for the EPA to Shell Out Millions to PR firms
Government transparency is important to the health of our Republic, but exorbitant spending on advertising, polls, and private firms does not reflect the priorities of a government that is more than $19 trillion dollars in debt. Instead of hiring more people to advertise and spin what the government is doing, we should be more discerning stewards of the taxpayer dime. Six other members joined Congressman Gosar in submitting this bipartisan rider which he spearheaded.
No Funds for the EPA to Hire Employees in other Countries in Relation to the Paris Talks
No Funds for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Due to this unprecedented power grab, the U.S. Congress spoke with one voice and rejected the final rules using the Congressional Review Act. The Senate voted on November 17, 2015 to reject the CPP and the House quickly followed suit on December 1, 2015. Even though a majority of both Houses of Congress rejected these onerous rules, President Obama still decided to veto the bills. On Tuesday, February 9, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the rule, temporarily blocking implementation of these new regulations. Given the uncertainty of any litigation, Congress must use the power of the purse to defund these job-crushing mandates.
Protecting States from the Flawed Ozone Regulation
The EPA has reported that 358 counties throughout the country will be immediately noncompliant under the new rule, and Senator Inhofe has reported that an additional 1,500 counties likely will not meet this new mandate. Nearly 700 stakeholders throughout the country have called on Congress to stop the overreaching new ozone rule that many believe is “the most expensive regulation in history.” Congressman Gosar has also introduced a bill, H.J.RES.74, to block the EPA’s new ozone regulation through the Congressional Review Act. Click HERE to read more.