EPA’s Regulatory Overreach

Like many Idahoans, I am deeply concerned that, under the Obama Administration, the EPA has drastically expanded its regulatory authority. The EPA is pumping out new regulations every week, without Congress’s consent, that impact nearly every facet of Americans’ lives—from whom you can hire to remodel your house to what kind of car you can drive. I am concerned that this Administration is using the EPA to force on the American people an extreme environmental agenda that will hurt our economy and push an unwelcome government further into the lives of citizens.

I believe that the EPA has an important role to play in protecting public health, and over the past four decades our country has made great strides in cleaning up air and water and recognizing the impacts that our actions have on the environment. I am alarmed however, at efforts by the EPA to drastically expand its regulatory authority beyond what Congress intended and implement regulations that will result in little to no health or environmental benefit at a great cost to our economy. I strongly believe that government should be responsive to the people, not force on them policies that they don’t support.

During the 114th Congress, I intend to continue my support for efforts to stem the flow of unnecessary or unnecessarily stringent regulations and jump-start economic growth and job creation. This is why, as a member of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I included language in the FY15 appropriations bill to prevent EPA from using the regulatory process to impose a climate change initiative that Congress has already rejected.  This language would allow for continued debate on both the merits of the President’s proposals and, frankly, his lack of regard for either the legislative process or the economic impact of his regulatory actions.

If we really want to turn around our debt crisis, we need to get our economy going again. Unfortunately, the EPA is the wet blanket that is preventing companies small and large from investing in their businesses and creating jobs. Proposed regulations are creating vast uncertainty in the market, leaving employers unwilling to risk hiring new employees. I believe that we need to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of government regulation and work to create certainty in the marketplace and assure businesses that it is safe to start hiring people and getting our economy moving again.