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Obama Administration is Intentionally Misleading Americans on Proposed Water Rule

U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member David Vitter (R-LA), and I led a group of 25 senators in calling out the Obama Administration for intentionally misleading Americans about the negative impacts of the proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.   Read more »

at Oct 24, 2014 10:03 AM
       

387 Bills Stuck in the Senate

Here’s something you won’t hear about on the news: right now, there are 387 House-passed bills stuck in the Senate. These bills, many with broad bipartisan support, contain the policy changes needed to jump-start the American economy, secure our border, and rein in an out-of-control federal bureaucracy. Week after week, the House has drafted, debated, and passed bills that address the many crises facing our country. The overwhelming majority of these bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk.   Read more »

at Oct 9, 2014 8:53 AM
       

Exposing the EPA’s Plan to Regulate Your Power Plant

This week, I questioned top officials from the White House and the EPA about one of the most aggressive new government programs in our country’s history. The cornerstone of the White House's sweeping Climate Action Plan is EPA’s power plant regulation. Extending well beyond the power plants themselves, this rule will increase the cost of electricity and the cost of doing business. EPA’s mandates will be difficult for states to meet even under ideal circumstances. If energy prices or energy demand escalate, the costs of meeting those mandates will soar and American families will be forced to pay the bill.

Until this Administration can propose a detailed strategy, tell us

at Sep 20, 2014 1:28 PM
       

Obama's Climate Action Plan

Today, I made the following statement at a hearing with the president’s top science advisor, Dr. John Holdren, and the top EPA air official, Janet McCabe, examining the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan and proposed EPA power plant regulations.

Today we look at one of the most aggressive new government programs in our country’s history. The Obama administration calls it the Climate Action Plan.   Read more »

at Sep 17, 2014 2:00 PM
       

Maps Show EPA Land Grab

Today I sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy demanding additional information about the agency’s motivation for having detailed maps assembled showing waters and wetlands for all 50 states. The maps, which were created in 2013 shortly after EPA proposed its Waters of the U.S. rule, had never been made public. When confronted at a hearing, EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe agreed to release the maps.

These maps show the EPA’s plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country. Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps. But the EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents. It’s time to give Americans a chance to make up their own minds about the EPA’s intentions.

at Aug 28, 2014 5:00 PM
       

EPA Hides Truth about Climate Regulations

Today, I sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy criticizing the agency’s limited analysis of its climate regulations and requesting more comprehensive, independent analysis before the agency moves forward.

For too long the EPA has hidden the truth from the American people. In order to regain public trust, the agency should rely on robust, objective and well-grounded technical analysis of its climate regulations. Flaws in recent EPA analyses amplify concerns about the real impacts of these regulations. Americans deserve an opportunity to see the facts.

Last week the Government Accountability Office released a report highlighting a pattern of shoddy EPA analysis. It was revealed that EPA relied

at Aug 13, 2014 4:43 PM
       

Fighting EPA’s Aggressive Overregulation

Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 to ensure the federal government and states would work together to efficiently reduce pollution in our nation’s waterways. And in the last forty years, the Administration has repeatedly tried to squash states’ rights and expand its own authority under this law. Most recently, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced their proposal to give the federal government authority to regulate all sorts of new waterways, in a rule that could extend federal authority to even runoff ditches and stock ponds. This is clearly an aggressive overreach that stomps on the original intent of the law and will have some serious consequences if it is fully implemented.

at Jul 8, 2014 10:08 AM
       

Neugebauer Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Bring Transparency to the EPA

I applaud the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's passage of H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014. The Secret Science Reform Act requires the EPA to base its regulations on science that is publicly available and sufficient for independent analysis. I am an original cosponsor of the bill and issued the following statement after the Committee vote:

For far too long, the EPA has used secret data to justify billions of dollars in runaway regulations that harm economic growth and opportunity in America. The American people deserve access to this data that is often funded by taxpayer dollars and used to rationalize more Washington overregulation and overreach.

at Jun 25, 2014 10:08 AM
       

Fighting EPA's Expansion of Power

Two new regulations issued by the EPA represent the largest expansion of power by the federal government in our nation’s history. The EPA’s new water rule would allow the federal government to regulate all man-made and natural bodies of water, including those on private property. The rule allows the federal government into our backyards, regulating private and public lakes, ponds and streams.

And the recent power plant rule is all pain and no gain for American families and workers. By imposing strict carbon regulations on existing power plants, the Obama administration will force many power plants to close down costing thousands of jobs and driving up electricity prices.   Read more »

at Jun 12, 2014 10:03 AM
       

Neugebauer Speaks Out Against Burdensome EPA Regulations

As a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s proposal to drastically increase regulations on carbon emissions.

This aggressive overreach by the Obama Administration will increase the costs of electricity bills for American families, hurt our domestic manufacturing industry, and slow our economic growth. The Clean Air Act was designed to protect our environment, not destroy jobs. This rule will cause coal power plants across the nation to close, leading to fewer jobs and less reliable power for our businesses and families. We can’t afford to burden our economy with more costly, unrealistic, and unnecessary regulations.   Read more »

at Jun 2, 2014 2:23 PM
       

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