Does the Environmental Protection Agency Need to be Eliminated After 2018? (H.R. 861)
Do you support or oppose this bill?
What is H.R. 861?
(Updated December 4, 2021)
This bill would eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency effective on December 31, 2018. Its legislative text is one sentence long.
Argument in favor
The EPA has been prone to pushing regulations that exceed its authority and unnecessarily burden American businesses and outdoor enthusiasts. It should be eliminated, as states can fill the void and craft policies that suit their needs.
There need to be national environmental standards, and the EPA is best suited to research those standards and advance regulations that implement them. Eliminating it and handing that power to states could lead to a degradation of environmental quality.
Environmental regulations; states; and the EPA.
Cost of H.R. 861
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
“The EPA has been doing some drastic things. They have exceeded their original mission substantially under both Republican and Democratic presidents and violated the sovereignty of the states. I think we need to start fresh.”
This legislation has the support of three cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.
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