Sasse Offers New EPA Administrator 100 Day Agenda Sasse sent the newly confirmed administrator of the (EPA), a letter inviting the administrator to Nebraska and outlining a constitutional, pro-growth agenda for the first hundred days.
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 27,2017 - Sasse Offers New EPA Administrator 100 Day Agenda
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse sent Scott Pruitt, the newly confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a letter inviting the administrator to Nebraska and outlining a constitutional, pro-growth agenda for the first hundred days.
"Nobody knows the nightmare of federal red tape like the Nebraska farmers and ranchers dealing with the EPA," said Sasse. "Nebraskans like me are encouraged by Mr. Pruitt's record of fighting the EPA's unconstitutional Waters of the United States rule and understanding that laws are made by Congress not Washington bureaucrats. I've invited Mr. Pruitt to visit Nebraska and outlined ten common-sense goals for his first hundred days."
In the letter, which can be found below, Senator Sasse urged Administrator Pruitt to:
1. Withdraw the Waters of the United States Rule and Restore State and Local Control Over Non-Federal Environmental Protection.
2. Put a Stop to EPA Freelancing in Implementing the Renewable Fuels Standard.
3. Improve Coordination with Federal Agencies.
4. End Abusive “Sue and Settle” Practices.
5. Eliminate the EPA's “Clean Power Plan.”
6. Reduce Needlessly Costly Regulations.
7. Protect the Privacy of Farmers and Ranchers.
8. Collect Additional Information on Mining Rules.
9. Review Rule for the Nebraska Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan.
10. Decentralize EPA Enforcement Actions.
Dear Administrator Pruitt:
Congratulations on your confirmation to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Please accept my invitation to visit the state of Nebraska. Our farmers and ranchers would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and share their unified work to protect their land and the environment.
In your testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, you referenced three principles that you believed would help the EPA promote a healthier environment, a stability in managing our natural resources, and a stronger economy: the rule of law, cooperative federalism, and public participation. I agree with your assessment. Sadly, the EPA has not been marked by these principles, but has instead acted in a manner that has left many Americans, especially Nebraskans, concerned that their voice is not heard at the EPA. Furthermore, the EPA’s overreaching regulatory hand has shaken the confidence of state governments and citizens in cooperative federalism and the rule of law.
I am hopeful that as you begin your service at the EPA, you can again make the EPA an institution that respects the Constitution by recognizing that the legislative branch – not the executive branch – writes the laws. As you prioritize the workload of the EPA, I would like to bring to your attention several items that are important to Nebraskans and humbly request that you prioritize these areas in your first 100-days as Administrator.
Withdraw the Waters of the United States Rule and Restore State and Local Control Over Non-Federal Environmental Protection: Nebraska is a rural state where one-in-four jobs is tied to agriculture.I have heard from many Nebraskans who believe that the EPA has been on a single-minded quest to extend federal power and expand federal