U.S. Sen. David Vitter today expressed his disappointment in U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer's decision to report out a proposed cap and trade bill from the Environment and Public Works Committee without conducting an economic analysis of the legislation. Boxer is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which Vitter is a member. She chose to hold a vote on the bill today as Republicans continued their boycott over the lack of economic analysis.
"I'm very disappointed that Senator Boxer has chosen to report out a 1,000 page bill without conducting an economic analysis on the legislation. We can't move forward with a bill without having any idea as to what it will cost the average American. The heavy handed way this is being handled makes one question why Senator Boxer and her fellow Democrats don't want the cost analysis to be made public during the debate of this bill," said Vitter.
Economic analyses of legislation are routinely conducted to determine the fiscal impact on federal agencies, programs and taxpayers. But in recent weeks, Boxer has expressed her intent to move the bill out of committee without conducting one. Boxer chose to report a bill with only the required simple majority, ostensibly removing all of the Republican committee members from the process.
"At the cornerstone of President Obama's election and the Democratic majority taking the reins of Congress was the mantra of openness and transparency," said Vitter. "Unfortunately, we are seeing that this is often only selectively applied -- much like we have seen in the health care debate."