Gibbs Statement on EPA Budget Hearing

March 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement after the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing to review the President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request for the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“The EPA’s proposed budget would impose additional unfunded regulatory burdens on Americans while reducing spending for programs that help communities comply with these complicated regulations.  Throughout the EPA’s decision making process, there is one common theme: to leave state and local governments out of the conversation.

“These groups often times are the ones hit hardest by unnecessary regulations, such as the proposed Waters of the United States rule. This rule would increase regulatory burdens for states, local governments, and businesses. I hope this hearing shines light on the EPA’s misguided one-size-fits-all funding priorities for our nation’s water.”

*Congressman Gibbs’ opening statement is attached.