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GOP Bill To Eliminate The EPA Is Literally One Sentence Long

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Republican-backed legislation to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is definitely one of the shortest bills Congress has dealt with in a while.

“The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018” is all the bill says regarding EPA’s elimination. The bill’s preamble has more words than its legislative language.

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz introduced the bill in February. The bill has three Republican cosponsors and has been referred to four House committees.

The Huffington Post obtained emails sent from Gaetz’s office in early February, asking other members of Congress to support his bill to terminate the EPA. Three Republican have cosponsored Gaetz’s bill.

“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” Rep. Matt Gaetz wrote to colleagues

“It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently,” Gaetz wrote.

Republicans have long dreamed of eliminating or radically restructuring EPA. The GOP’s 2016 platform suggested turning EPA “into an independent bipartisan commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with structural safeguards against politicized science.”

President Trump said he would eliminate the “Department of Environmental Protection” on the campaign trail, but walked back this position and said he will refocus EPA to its core mission of protecting air and water quality — not fighting global warming.

Trump appointed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head EPA. Democrats largely opposed Pruitt’s nomination and are trying to delay his Senate approval until he answers questions from lawmakers.

EPA finalized 192 regulations, imposing $344 billion worth of costs on businesses and families since 2009, according to data compiled by the right-leaning American Action Forum (AAF).


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  • Takiwa

    Whoa. Nice move.

  • PatriotPride

    Incredibly refreshing! The Left is so scared that Trump is actually keeping his promises he made to the American people while out on the campaign! They are also very aware that he promised to “Drain the Swamp” which is why leaks are happening and we know that the MSM is the main carrier of the leftist propaganda. Obama and his OFA domestic terrorist organization should be taken down – he is slime, did nothing for the past eight years except exploit America, get rich off that exploitation, and harbor terrorists (how many terrorist affiliated/pro-sharia law agencies did he entitle under his tenure? Let’s see, CAIR (connected to Hamas), The Muslim Brotherhood (labeled a terrorist organization by Saudi Arabia and other countries), and a couple of others that ALL HAVE ESTABLISHMENTS here in the good ol’ U.S.A.! He is a treasonous traitor!

  • jan brady

    I love President Trump !!!

  • Sam

    Both Thumbs UP !!

  • Fred

    This is a good read if you are interested.

    Barack Obama’s presidency has been pockmarked by rioting, looting and protests. That’s no coincidence. It’s what the former community organizer sought from Day One. And it’s just going to get worse before he leaves office.

    The senseless protests we’re seeing break out on the campuses of the University of Missouri, Yale and other colleges, as well as on bridges and highway overpasses and outside police stations, are precisely the kind of thing Obama was trained to organize while attending leftist agitation schools founded by Chicago communist Saul Alinsky. He learned to a fare-thee-well how to “rub raw the sores of discontent.”

    These irritating, self-absorbed, belligerent brats will “hands-up, don’t shoot” themselves into every cobwebbed corner of society.

    Now Obama is returning the favor of his Alinsky masters, training and cloning an army of social justice bullies to carry on his revolution to “fundamentally transform America.” He’s doing it mainly through a little-known but well-funded group called Organizing for Action, or OFA, which will outlast his administration.

    OFA, formerly Obama for America, has trained more than 10,000 leftist organizers, who, in turn, are training more than 2 million youths in Alinsky street tactics.

    The leftist group, which recently registered as a 501c4 nonprofit eligible for unlimited contributions, holds regular “organizing summits” on college campuses.

    Through social media, they mobilize flash mobs against “biased cops,” “climate-change deniers,” “Wall Street predators” and “gun extremists.” They hold rallies against conservative foes of gay marriage, LGBT rights, abortion and amnesty for illegal immigrants.
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    Supporters raise their fists in solidarity during a rally on Nov. 4 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Mo.Photo: AP

    In addition, Obama has trained hundreds of thousands of junior agitators through AmeriCorps, a Clinton youth program he’s dramatically expanded, and through My Brother’s Keeper, the “racial justice” initiative he launched in the wake of the 2012 death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. My Brother’s Keeper agitates for “school discipline reform” — that is, touchy-feely alternatives to suspensions and expulsions — and other measures to “improve outcomes for boys and young men of color.”

    All three of these federally sponsored projects have crossover with the Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street movements, both of which Obama embraces. They share manpower and resources, as well as radical agendas, while coordinating activities with nonprofit ACORN clones, who are being secretly bankrolled through Justice Department subprime settlement funds extracted from banks.

    In fact, the president has egged on both BLM and OWS protesters. “We are on their side,” he assured OWS in 2011. And last year, Obama met with Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, who earlier this year also got to sit down with the first lady in the White House.

    This president has encouraged the nonstop civil unrest exhausting the nation.

    The protests of the ’60s had real causes — fighting for civil rights and opposing the draft during an unpopular war. But today’s protesters are posers grasping at faux causes and ginning up pseudo-grievances about things like Halloween costumes and swastikas drawn in bathrooms.

    They are protesters in search of an issue, agitators in search of a target. They aren’t even rabble-rousers so much as rubble-rousers picking through the charred remains of the last revolution.

    Alinsky’s 13th rule for radicals — “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it” — is getting harder to do, because there are fewer and fewer real targets from which to pick. That’s why today’s racism charges are so nebulous.

    The police dogs, truncheons and firehoses of the civil-rights movement have been reduced to slights, slurs and symbols. Today’s discrimination is “unconscious” or “implicit.” Activists know it exists, they just can’t prove it. It’s “systemic,” yet they can’t find it.
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    UCLA students stage a protest rally in a show of solidarity with protesters at the University of Missouri on Nov. 12.Photo: AP

    Desperate for things to grind against, the omni-protesters of the Obama era are turning on their own. Even professors, deans and chancellors who worship at the altar of diversity and multiculturalism are enduring their wrath, poetically suffering intolerances in the name of tolerance.

    These little flash-fascists are even cannibalizing the First Amendment that gives them the space to be obnoxious. At Mizzou, they have given campus cops license to police otherwise free speech for “hateful” or “hurtful” words.

    Obama is leaving behind a generation of militant jerks — collectively known as his “family” — to continue to proliferate protests and militate against everything and nothing. These irritating, self-absorbed, belligerent brats will “hands-up, don’t shoot” themselves into every cobwebbed corner of society, and the liberal media will give them the national bullhorn to amplify their hatred every time.

    Chronic social irritation can do lasting damage to the fabric of a nation. By falsely accusing people of racism . . . or sexism . . . or homophobia . . . or Islamophobia — or whatever other “ism” or phobia they come up with next — these agitators are creating angst and hatred in people’s hearts that wasn’t there previously.

    But maybe that’s the objective. As Alinsky advised Obama and other young radicals: “A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of lives — agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values [until] masses of people have reached the point of disillusionment with past ways and values. . . . The time is then ripe for revolution.”

    Paul Sperry, a visiting Hoover Institution media fellow, is author of “Infiltration” and “The Great American Bank Robbery.”

  • Fred

    Now, about that NSA…

  • PatriotPride

    That was a great read Fred, thank you. It was also very alarming. I am hopeful that our FBI and other Law Enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on this disruptive, aggressive, and violent campaign, and can soon be shut down and called out for what it is “Domestic Terrorism”.

  • DEA and FDA next please. No Codex Alimentarius, or weed-wars for me.

  • So this, “legislative power,” they claim the EPA has is due to a clause in the bill that created it, which happens to be in every bill creating every federal agency, and was put in their BY REPUBLICANS in the first place, cannot simply be amended to be taken out?

    Are we leaving the emergency power and legislative rules sections in the Federal Reserve, F.B.I., D.E.A., F.A.A., N.I.M.H., FEMA, CDC, CFPB, etc. ad nauseum?

  • arnieus

    Looking at the comments, surprised to see ED missing. The most important one to eliminate is the Education Department. Like other alphabet agencies there real purpose is quite the opposite of their stated one. No Federal “Hitler Youth” education needed. Education should be local.

  • Bill the eighth

    No, but the EPA is as good as any a place to start. I do agree David, let’s get rid of most of these government agencies.

  • Richard Wahd

    Gee, a cancellation in only one sentence? Where are all those lab coated scientist imposters going to work after that?

  • junktex

    Most of the alphabet agencies should be abolished

  • Bob

    Fortunately I haven’t had to deal with the EPA, but I have had OSHA in my facilities due to a couple of accidents caused by employees who willfully ignored safety procedures and ended up with injuries. The OSHA fines cost more than the medical care and the financial settlements our insurance provider made to the employees. Yes, we were fined even though the employees knew they were acting in an unsafe manner and against established company safety protocols. On top of that we were told not to retaliate against the employees even though they willfully violated work rules. I’ve since discovered OSHA “funds itself” through fines now. Well, good for them. They are terrible people who could care less about the businesses they supposedly regulate, at least the ones we’ve dealt with. They’re almost as bad as the FDA, and I have stories about them as well.

  • June Bug

    No EPA would be a win for America. Next we need to get rid of the DoE and then go after welfare.

  • Defiant