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Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act

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Mr. PALAZZO. Mr. Chair, H.R. 4078 would help to rein in the nontransparent and undemocratic activities of this Administration. There is one agency that personifies runaway regulations: the EPA.

I'd like to highlight a backdoor power grab being pursued by EPA that demonstrates the need for this bill. As a member of the Science Committee, I'm concerned that this Agency is trying to expand its power under the guise of ``sustainability.'' Without any legal authority or input from Congress, EPA has committed to ``incorporate sustainability principles into [their] policies, regulations, and actions,'' has signed MOUs with DOD and the Army on sustainability, and has spent untold taxpayer dollars on UN conferences in Brazil and multiple National Academy of Sciences reports on this topic.

What is sustainability? That's a good question, and apparently it means whatever EPA wants it to mean. For example, one EPA website on this topic lists 16 different definitions of ``sustainability.'' Based on the track record of this Agency and this Administration, I fear that this new policy is designed to expand federal power to enact more billion dollar regulations without the consent of Congress.

This bill will help control arbitrary and cumbersome federal regulations on job creators in my district in south Mississippi.

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