Reps. Carson and Gibbons
June 25, 1997
in this forum:
Has regulating the environment become too complex? Can we really establish national envrionmental guidelines? Why aren't decisions made on the local level? Is the EPA out of control? Is federal ownership of land so bad?
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A question from Bill Riley of Orlando, FL:
EPA Power - Out of control agency
How did we as a country get to the point of having all of these power hungry agency and departments? The EPA is just one of several little power centers that are out of control. It looks like any challenge to them is put down with a P.R. program of snappy sound bites and common sense is losing every time. Who (as a government group) will stand up to them?
Rep. Carson responds:
I would not so go far as to say the EPA is an agency that is "out of control," but I do believe that there are ways to negotiate with such government agencies to ensure that other views are heard. I was one of several members of Congress who wrote to the President expressing concern over the proposed EPA rulemaking standards. Members of Congress and others who disagree with initiatives by government agencies need to make their voice known. Otherwise, agencies will make their own decisions without consultation.
Rep. Gibbons responds:
That is a great question and one of the main reasons that I ran for Congress, to decrease the size of government and turn federal power back to the States. Many in Congress, who provides funding for the EPA and other federal agencies, and has responsibility for overseeing its operations, have voiced similar concerns. Once an agency has been created, it is extremely difficult to get rid of it. Over the years members of Congress have passed legislation to solve social ills and the responsibility for implementation of the laws are passed on to the federal agencies. Therefore, without first getting rid of the laws that the agencies are responsible for it becomes almost impossible to get rid of the actual agency.
I believe that the group who should stand up for you and against these agencies are the very people you elect, members of Congress and the President.