Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-04) questioned Dr. Paul Anastas, Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during today's hearing of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Following the hearing, Congressman Palazzo issued the following statement:
"Over the past four years, the EPA's budget has grown by over 37 percent and Americans are becoming increasingly concerned that Washington bureaucrats are usurping the role of Congress by imposing burdensome regulations on businesses. Government Red Tape is adversely affecting job growth in Mississippi and our country. One example of such overreach is the EPA's recent expansion of the interpretation of its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate CO2 emissions, which threatens to cost our economy $7 trillion by 2029 and hundreds of thousands of jobs," Palazzo said.
"While I appreciated Dr. Anastas' addressing my questions about EPA regulation in today's hearing, my concerns remain unchanged. My colleagues and I will continue to do all we can to knock down barriers to job creation," Palazzo said.
Before asking Dr. Anastas questions, Congressman Palazzo emphasized the importance of promoting the safety of Gulf Coast seafood with him.
"Gulf seafood has been tested more than at any time in our history. It has to be the safest seafood in America, if not the world, because of the testing process. In fact, our Gulf seafood isn't only safe but also the best in the world . If you don't believe me, come on down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Enjoy our seafood, our golf, our beaches, our entertainment and our hospitality that can only be found in the South," Palazzo said.