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Reining in EPA Power Grabs


Location: Washington, DC

Likewise, an increasingly powerful EPA continues to propose rules that have sweeping economic impacts. For example, stricter controls on power plant emissions that have nothing to do with cleaner air are putting jobs at risk and higher energy costs on the horizon.

In today's tough economic climate, it is troubling that unwarranted regulations are adding another burden on job creators. Last year, EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus indicated in congressional testimony that the agency's rulemaking did not take job losses into consideration. Similarly, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has suggested that regulations are a way to "level the playing field" by making some energy sources more expensive.

Congressional oversight can help rein in these executive power grabs. I introduced the Restoring the 10th Amendment Act to check the excesses of the federal government. The legislation would allow states to challenge rules proposed by federal agencies before they go into effect if these rules infringe states' rights under the 10th Amendment. Curbing bureaucratic overreach and minimizing regulatory uncertainty are important to rebuilding the confidence our job creators need to fuel an economic turnaround that lasts.

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