Throughout his presidential campaign and continuing into his nomination, Donald Trump frequently offered some harsh words for the Environmental Protection Agency. Two weeks ago, President Trump announced that he would be massively cutting the EPA, and it was also reported that EPA workers have been showing up to work crying since Trump won the election three months ago. In late 2015, Trump suggested perhaps abolishing the agency altogether.
President Trump may soon be getting a bill sent to his desk that would accomplish just that, as there are reports that Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is drafting legislation which would completely eliminate the EPA.
The Huffington Post obtained an email from Rep. Gaetz to lawmakers who he hopes will co-sponsor his legislation, stating:
“Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans. It is time to take back our legislative power from the EPA and abolish it permanently. As conservatives, we must understand that states and local communities are best positioned to responsibly regulate the environmental assets within their jurisdictions. This legislation abolishes the EPA effective December 31, 2018, to allow our state and local government partners to implement responsible policies in the interim. I ask for your support in eliminating this abusive and costly agency.”
Rep. Gaetz noted on Twitter that he does not trust the Feds to get anything right, but rather trusts the states.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) February 1, 2017