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Sam Graves (and a bunch of other Republicans) want EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
 to stop everything she's doing.
Yet another Republican attack on the Environmental Protection Agency emerged Wednesday when seven-term Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri introduced legislation to hamstring the agency. Unlike other GOP legislation introduced with Orwellian titles like the education budget-slashing "Student Success Act," the 40-hour workweek-eliminating "Working Families Flexibility Act" and the clear-cutting "Healthy Forests Initiative," Graves' H.R. 5034 is labeled straightforwardly: "Stop the EPA Act."

The bill would block the implementation of any pending EPA regulations and mandate a study of all existing regulations. It would require that all regulations with an economic impact of more than $50 million be approved by Congress. Imagine what that would mean in the current House of Representatives with the Republicans in charge (and aided by a pack of conservative Democrats).

Determined apparently to make his bill a direct poke in the eye, Graves timed its introduction to coincide with a visit to Missouri by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. In a statement on his website, he said:

Administrator McCarthy and the EPA will soon find out that Washington bureaucrats are becoming far too aggressive in attacking our way of life. My legislation will give the American people a voice in the regulator’s room when the President and the EPA try and go around Congress. When the EPA says that property owners, farmers, and livestock producers must stomach higher costs, longer delays, and bigger headaches, it’s up to Congress to put up a roadblock. We need a government that will act as a partner with every day Missourians, not an enemy. Administrator McCarthy should be apologizing to Missourians. EPA aggression has reached an all-time high, and now it must be stopped.”
Republican and fossil fuel-state Democratic opposition to EPA regulations has been directed most intensely in the past year at the agency's announced but not-yet-implemented rules designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at new and existing electricity-generating plants. A Republican funding bill proposed this week would block the agency from imposing those CO2-limiting rules as well as developing those rules further by cutting funding for that purpose.

It would also bar the spending of any funds for the “waters of the United States rule,” formally known as Clean Water Protection Rule. The EPA is working with the Army Corps of Engineers on this. The proposed rule would redefine the federal government’s jurisdiction over bodies of water covered by Clean Water Act. This matters because covered areas must obtain government permits for certain activities. Some Republicans have called this a "land grab" that would keep farmers from engaging in traditional activities like draining ponds and digging ditches. The water rule is one of Graves' bugaboos.

You can read more about this below the fold.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, McCarthy labeled some of the concerns she's been hearing about the rule "ludicrous." In fact, she said, the rule includes specific exemptions for agriculture:

"Virtually every acre of private property potentially falls under Clean Water Act jurisdiction if this rule is finalized," said Garrett Hawkins, national legislative programs director for the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. "Things you would normally do on a farm will be called into question."

McCarthy says that's hogwash. She rattled off what she said were some of the most dubious claims made by the rule's critics—including that the proposal would allow EPA to regulate puddles on people's lawns and that it would force farmers to get a permit if their cattle cross a stream.

The government estimates that about 3 percent more bodies of water would be covered than is now the case, but that's actually less than what was prescribed by the Reagan administration. Jon Devine, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, writes that the Clean Water Act then "was applied to any water body that could serve as habitat for migrating birds; as the independent Government Accountability Office (then called the General Accounting Office) found in 2004, under that policy, 'the Corps was able to regulate almost any body of water or wetland.'" This new rule would shield only those waters with "a demonstrated and significant impact on the physical, chemical, and biological condition of downstream water bodies." That would make it easier for everyone to understand what is covered and make enforcement of the law more predictable.

Sensible lawmakers would view this clarification as a positive. But, among Republicans, "sensible" is a rare commodity. Especially so in the ramp-up to midterm elections when campaign ads can hammer "EPA aggression" into voters' brains with the same regularity and same snarl as "Benghazi" and "Obamacare."

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:45 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  He's not from St. Louis. (12+ / 0-)

    Graves is a Northwestern Missouri dumbshit.  

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 01:51:16 PM PDT

  •  I Predict the Number of "Stop" Acts Introduced (13+ / 0-)

    over the coming years will approximate the number of agencies and departments.

    Maybe later I'll share my secret formula for arriving at that number.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:04:21 PM PDT

  •  clean water rule is so effing important (21+ / 0-)

    due to confusion about applicable waterways, polluters have a dump free zone and have been taking advantage of that by discharging their harmful waste (including carcinogens) into a stream that flows into a river, rather than directly discharging into that river. And government has not been able to prosecute.

    we just have soooooo much water, no problem if we contaminate our drinking water supplies!

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    by Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:31:25 PM PDT

    •  Your first paragraph describes a controversy that (1+ / 0-)
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      I've not heard of....exactly what sources are doing this where in what state?    Also, is it possible you're referring to post-Rapenos controversies?...those involve fill to wetlands, but not discharge of chemical pollutants.

      I had heard there is a problem in Missouri with inadequate state water quality standards since not all streams and parts of watersheds are covered, but this does not sound like what you're addressing in your first paragraph.

  •  Projection (16+ / 0-)
    attacking our way of life
    Rendering the environment noxious is attacking everyone's way of life.

    Sunday mornings are more beautiful without Meet the Press.

    by deben on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 02:34:28 PM PDT

  •  The GOP is owned stock lock and barrel... (10+ / 0-) the fossil fuel industry and other polluters.

    Talk about conflict of interest.  Actually, no conflict of interest whatsoever, they are it.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 03:18:34 PM PDT

  •  it's astounding that Nixon signed the EPA into Law (7+ / 0-)

    you would have never thought a Republican would have done such a thing..

  •  Put Down the Mass Spectrometer (5+ / 0-)

    and step away from the coal fired plant

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    by JML9999 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:04:31 PM PDT

  •  Projection, as usual (4+ / 0-)

    Graves is the aggressive party, projects that on anyone he wants to manipulate in the court of public opinion.

    He's just another stooge for billionaires who want private profits and power at any cost to the shared government and environment.

    Another selfish asshole, elected by assholes and representing a tiny subset of assholes - nothing more.

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    by wader on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:09:12 PM PDT

    •  If Mr. Graves were to ever encounter (2+ / 0-)
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      wader, MI Sooner

      what genuine aggression looks like, he'd wet himself.  Just another dipshit puppet of the fossil industry.

      Or maybe just a fossil.  Hard to tell.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:29:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Gina McCArty can stand up to these fools (2+ / 0-)
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    ditsylilg, northerntier
  •  The Administration should start taking a page (0+ / 0-)

    from Boehner's book and just start suing states that enact this nonsense, which is no doubt illegal and even unConstitutional.

    The GOP House sues Obama for executing the laws while their state counterparts enact laws telling the Administration to not execute the laws.

    The the MSM sits by picking their noses while treating this as a serious matter and, besides, "both sides do it."

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    by Mr MadAsHell on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:22:00 PM PDT

  •  There's a way to do that: WIN ELECTIONS (0+ / 0-)

    Then you can appoint people you like and give them directions you believe in.

    Funny thing about winning elections, though, is that you might have to make those silly old voters happy.

    Oh ye of the elephant brand, remember 2010?

    An absolute Tsunami.
    63 seats picked up!
    An absolute majority of the nationwide popular vote, and more than a 7 percentage point advantage over the Democrats.

    Talk about a golden opportunity.


    Didn't look so hot in 2012, did you?
    Majority of votes went to Democrats in the House, didn't they?
    Lost you some seats, didn't you?
    Had a huge advantage in Senate races with Democrats defending 2 seats to your 1.
    Didn't get anywhere with that, did you?

    Maybe people don't like what you're selling.
    You claim to be business savvy, but most business-savvy types I know improve or replace the product when their butts are getting beat in the marketplace. Not a bad idea.

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    by dinotrac on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:23:54 PM PDT

  •  the republicans congress today are (0+ / 0-)

    so disrespectful

  •  No, you Kochsucker (0+ / 0-)

    Your legislation will give a voice to the corporate polluters who already run roughshod.  You have some damn balls talking about aggression you fuckstick.

    I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

    by mojo11 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:25:26 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes I wish this was a just world, so that (0+ / 0-)

    we could put people like this into an oxygen free environment and see how long they last...

    "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

    by ditsylilg on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:28:11 PM PDT

  •  Now that drilling and fracking (1+ / 0-)
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    are growing exponentially, its time to make sure that the EPA is strong and effective. Unless, like Sam Graves, you don't care about stuff like cancer and massive future health problems.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:29:45 PM PDT

  •  "it’s up to Congress to put up a roadblock" (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah. Well.

    I just want to live somewhere warm. Is that so wrong?

    by lotac on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:30:44 PM PDT

  •  Bush, Mr. "Unitary Executive," stopped enforcing (2+ / 0-)
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    northerntier, kkkkate

    many EPA regulations mandated by law. He famously even refused to open an email from the EPA regarding CO2 emissions so that he would not be obligated to act on it. So, now, Obama is being aggressive and dictatorial by following the law. Got it.

    Obama can easily win these arguments, but he does need to do a better job communicating about his enforcement of laws. His message in the State of the Union about going around Congress (when necessary) actually played right into their bogus talking points. Now, he needs a slogan to counter Boehner's fake claims that he will sue him for not enforcing laws. I think he should say he has a message for Congress:

    Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way!
    We are a nation of laws, but if the Do-Nothing Republican Congress refuses to follow the law because it is owned by industry lobbyists, the President is obligated to act.

    Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

    by tekno2600 on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 04:33:38 PM PDT

  •  Enforcing EPA standards (0+ / 0-)

    Please, Texas, find a replacement in November for Cong. Graves, someone who has the ability to think, reason, and believes in good science.  The rest of us really really appreciate our natural pure water and would like to continue to drink it.  Our numbers are shrinking and we need all the help we can get to protect what's left of our environment.

  •  Behavior is the origin of all of our problems. ... (0+ / 1-)
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    Behavior is the origin of all of our problems. Behavior is controlled by the unconscious mind which cannot reason. Our society; and nearly all of people of European socially complete reject the concept of 86% of mental capacity, the unconscious, mostly of the right brain; controlling behavior.

    Then because of that, science has cannot logically understand the term "behavior science", meaning they "do not do psychology".

    Hastening the extinction of countless species including ourselves with the technologies it has created.

    And science can only create a whine of complaint about the destruction of vital elements, (global warming, not quite proven, does not have the rate of destruction of toxics) from pollution with the help of the fatally misinformed public.

    Please recall this part from the beginning,

    "Our society; and nearly all of people of European socially complete reject the concept of 86% of mental capacity, the unconscious, mostly of the right brain; controlling behavior."

    As you dissociate this comment and message thereby hastening human extinction.

    And please know, then remember well the nature of cognitive distortions of language and the effect on emotional reasoning conducted by the unconscious and wonder why we cannot stop doing the all of the things we are doing that we do not want to do as we helplessly fail to do what we need to do.

    You are a bad person and an idiot if you fail to go to the places of mislead zealots and point out that everyone can accept that the purpose of free speech is to assure information vital to survival is shared and understood. To become a better person, correctly continue by pointing out that free speech is constitutional intent.

    Meaning the zealots now have knowledge needed to enforce their stupid ass constitution and preserve the frigging republic with democratic force on state legislations so better people can purify democracy and eventually know and improve the republic democratically by the people properly after preparing to do so.

    Get with it, NOW! Go to a place of zealots where I was battling and beleaguring them with a concept of "Preparatory Amendment". In fact I was just banned a couple of days ago for doing so very wel,l and very long here.

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    The very best people will end up finding a link to a thread at the, where I was banned some months back for doing the same thing very well and very long, which was about Georgia making an application for an Article V convention; and in turn create memberships at these major forums showing that you understand that free speech has a purpose of assuring info vital to survival is shared and understood; and that such definition is prime constitutional intent, which does control Article V, when 3/4 of the states are ratifying.

    When you are posting strategy as a reasonable citizen unified with others around prime constitutional intent, and carrying independently verified proof of a constitutional EMERGENCY; as basis justifying a demand that state legislators accept the obvious validity in order to demonstrate their acceptance and support of the constitution they were sworn to uphold. Or, face impeachment efforts based on exercise of the logic of need of awareness and respect for constitutional intent by officials at all levels.

    If you yourself are becoming a zealot about survival and living to evolve, you will find a link to where I was banned from for first practicing this concept. Then see how within 3 days I was banned from 2 other major forums before even posting this concept. The very best person connects those bannings to a defeat of cognitive infiltration desperate to prevent the logical spread of a concept empowering lawful and peaceful revolution like a right to "alter or abolish" abusive government.

    The very best people are those surviving because of correct critical thinking using a complete set of facts, also wondering "who would want to impede survival of the species?", or at least thinking that whoever is doing such things really does not know what they are doing.

    Like censoring, banning and colluding against the same proposals then. Good deceived people doing nothing or the wrong thing, going extinct with IRRATIONAL zealots.

    As a rational organism that is logically a zealot I can naturally state It is because I love my children and also understand the unconscious to a significant degree. The best living and evolving things are naturally and properly zealots about matters relating to their survival as a species.

    Oh, BTW, I also read the original "hundredth monkey" from 1962 published by 23 Japanese biologists which the science reviewing the concept. The book science can't find because the book was the target of a modern book burning. How convenient for extinction.

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