In the wake of President Trump’s oath of office, overbearing federal agencies have been put on notice things are about to change in Washington.
Recently, President Trump signed an executive order mandating federal agencies slash regulations, signaling the President plans to make good on his promise to drain the swamp. As a successful businessman himself, President Trump knows more than most just how damaging Washington bureaucrats can be to the American economy.
Now, a lawmaker in Congress is joining the effort to end federal overreach by introducing a bill abolishing the Environmental Protection Agency.
From The Hill:
A House Republican is working on legislation that if passed would completely abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Freshman Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) outlined his plan in a letter to colleagues obtain by The Hill and first reported by The Huffington Post.
“Today, the American people are drowning in rules and regulations promulgated by unelected bureaucrats; and the Environmental Protection Agency has become an extraordinary offender,” Gaetz wrote in the letter soliciting support from lawmakers.
“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans,” he continued. “It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently.”
Of all the agencies guilty of killing the ability for American businesses to navigate regulatory compliance, there’s no greater culprit than the EPA. As President Trump works to slash regulations, he soon could have a bill on his desk that would be a huge relief to our economy.
It’s estimated that the EPA costs the American economy $350 billion annually, and the agency passed new regulations with relative impunity under former President Obama. Worse yet, the agency functions with little oversight, being staffed by unelected bureaucrats not accountable to the American people. What little good the agency does for the environment may be far outweighed by the damage it causes to the U.S. economy.
Although it is not clear if President Trump would sign the legislation, he did make clear on the campaign trail he would at least consider bringing the agency to an end. Now it’s possible he might get that opportunity.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]