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Public Statements

EPA Disregard's State's Rights

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. Speaker, I'm very troubled by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia's decision to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to disregard States' rights in implementing the Clean Air Act by seizing control of greenhouse gas permitting activities in our State of Texas. The EPA's regulatory interference in the State permitting process will have a very detrimental effect on jobs and the economy of not just Texas, but potentially the entire Nation.

The authority for EPA's action is grounded in the agency's ``endangerment finding,'' which is based on controversial scientific conclusions regarding the threat and impact of climate change. EPA's pursuit of job-killing regulation is the last thing this economy needs right now.

Congress and the Obama administration both owe it to the public to base regulatory action on methods that are beyond reproach.

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