dglobalnews.com Gaetz finds co-sponsors for bill to abolish EPA
Published: Thu, February 09, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Gaetz finds co-sponsors for bill to abolish EPA

Gaetz finds co-sponsors for bill to abolish EPA

"The core mission of the EPA is to make sure our children have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe, and Scott Pruitt is not up to the task", Mr. Don Parrish, AFBF's senior director of congressional and regulatory relations told the Washington Post that he believes Pruitt's strengths lie in his past work in state agency.

Over 400 former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are pushing the U.S. Senate not to confirm Scott Pruitt to head the agency. Matt Gaetz proposed HR 861 "to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency" on Friday.

Still Oklahoma's attorney general until confirmed, Pruitt is nominated as EPA administrator but his appointment has been met with staunch opposition - partly due to questions surrounding his stance on global warming. Every week the president and the Republican congress take another hit at the planet in the name of short-term job growth and padding the pockets of energy barons, and if one Florida representative has his way, the EPA could be abolished in the 115th Congress.

Dux says his group is still hoping for quick confirmation of Pruitt.

A major issue for Durbin - as there will be for other Democrats in the Senate - is Pruitt's skepticism of climate change.

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The group protesting his potential appointment has been vocally led by Bruce Buckheit who worked in the EPA's enforcement division for more than 30 years and who was a signatory of a letter calling for senators to block Pruitt.

In an unusual move, EPA employees in the agency's Region 5 office, headquartered in Chicago, participated in a downtown rally during their lunch hour on Monday and called on the Senate to reject the nomination and any efforts to roll back the agency's authorities.

An EPA administrator sent a letter in November to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, saying a magnitude 5.0 natural disaster happened despite state and federal action to curb wastewater injection. She said employee morale within the agency has plummeted since Trump's election.

"Pruitt's record and public statements strongly suggest that he does not share the vision or agree with the underlying principles of our environmental laws".

President Trump himself has said the environmental regulations put in place under President Obama are "a disgrace".

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