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Rep. McKinley Criticizes EPA for Foreign Spending

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) joined other House colleagues in decrying wasteful EPA grants to foreign countries during a House hearing on the Accountability in Grants Act of 2012 (H.R. 4255), of which Rep. McKinley is an original co-sponsor.

"Our national debt exceeds $16 trillion and we are borrowing 43 cents of every dollar we spend, yet the EPA is spending hard-earned tax payer's dollars in other countries," said Rep. McKinley. "Not only is this money needed here at home, but many times the programs being funded are ineffective, lack oversight, and are not beneficial to the United States."

Since President Barack Obama has taken office, 205 grants have been issued to foreign countries totaling $89.3 million. This bill would prohibit EPA from funding environmental projects in countries like China, Turkey, Taiwan, Russia and Indonesia. "

With our national debt soaring and 23 million citizens either unemployed or under employed, now is the time to stop spending American dollars on environmental projects around the globe. We should revisit these projects once the American economy regains stability," said Rep. McKinley.


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