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GOP Not All in for Trump's EPA Reform

GOP Not All in for Trump's EPA Reform

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, in 2012. (John Miller/AP) 

By Friday, 27 January 2017 11:35 AM Current | Bio | Archive

President Trump is steamrolling the bureaucratic madness at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Using his executive authority Trump froze contracts and grants by the EPA and the agency’s bureaucrats are being restricted from communicating to the public through press releases and social media.

According to news reports, the EPA is also facing a significant budget cut of about $800 million.

Controlling the EPA by cutting its budget is great news but its meeting resistance from Representative Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, whose Conservative Review's Liberty Score is    F, 33 percent.

Simpson, the chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, slammed the proposed budget cuts affecting his committee’s jurisdiction.

Whining to Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, Simpson said, "But the reality is that most of the EPA’s budget is in state and local government revolving loan funds, which is how new water and sewer systems get built."

To emphasize his position, Simpson tossed the Flint lead water crisis card saying, "It’s not going to be very popular to slash the heck out of those programs, and we shouldn't, because Flint will tell you we need more money for infrastructure."

The opposition from Simpson shows he is more interested in power derived from a big EPA bureaucracy than holding the agency accountable.

Simpson’s emotionally-laden, fear mongering comments reads from the liberal Democrat playbook and is way out of bounds for a Republican from a conservative state like Idaho.

But then again, Simpson is not a conservative. Simpson’s Conservative Review Liberty Score of 33 percent, earned him a failing "F" letter grade.

In 2013, the Club for Growth Action opposed Simpson in a Republican primary. At the time Simpson was ranked as a top Republican moderate even though he represents a very conservative district.

Under former President Obama, the EPA abused its power on a number of policy issues and the agency was terribly managed as well as failing in its core responsibilities.

Over the years, the EPA has expanded its reach while ignoring its most important responsibilities.

Pruitt will be game changer at EPA . . . if Congress protects him from courts.

Ironically, the Flint, Michigan water crisis that Simpson cited is a great example showing the incompetence of the agency.

With the Flint water crisis, the EPA failed to protect citizens under the authority the agency has under the Clean Water Act.

Flint residents were exposed to high levels of lead because the city failed to properly treat the water with anticorrosion treatments after switching the water supply to the Flint River.

EPA was aware of the problem in Flint in June 2015, but failed to address it promptly — it waited until January 2016 to issue an emergency order.

An inspector general report on the EPA found the agency at fault for not using its authority and issuing an emergency order to protect "the public in a timely manner."

Unsurprisingly, the EPA did not take responsibility for its inaction but shifted blame to Michigan state officials.

While the EPA’s failure in Flint was an act of omission, its role causing an environmental disaster at the Gold King Mine in Colorado was an act of commission.

In 2015, the EPA caused a major environmental pollution event when its contractor accidentally released three million gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River.

The EPA wanted to insert a drain pipe to treat polluted water that was collecting in the mine, but the agency totally underestimated the risk of the project.

Instead of using Congress’ purse string to hold EPA accountable for its incompetence, Simpson is acting like a liberal. The EPA should not be involved in funding state infrastructure projects — that should be a state issue.

Simpson’s job is to control the EPA and not throw money at the agency that’s riddled with problems.

For once, the U.S. has a president that’s willing to hold the EPA accountable but Trump is getting pushback from a liberal-minded Republican.

Foolishly, Simpson is standing in front of the Trump train. It’s time for him to step out of the way.

This article originally appeared on ConservativeReview.com.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. As a columnist he has written for Townhall.com, The Washington Times, Newsmax magazine, and also hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli has appeared on numerous television programs on Newsmax TV, Fox News, Fox Business and TheBlaze. For more of his reports, Go Here Now

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For once, the U.S. has a president that’s willing to hold the EPA accountable but Trump is getting pushback from a liberal-minded Republican. Foolishly, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, is standing in front of the Trump train. It’s time for him to step out of the way.
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