Graves Introduces Legislation to Stop the EPA, Welcomes Administrator McCarthy to Missouri

Measures Protect Middle Class Families & the Economy
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves (MO-06) today welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to Missouri by introducing H.R. 5034, the Stop the EPA Act.  As Administrator McCarthy travels the state this week in an attempt to sell the Administration’s radical agenda to farmers and property owners, Congressman Graves has offered comprehensive legislation to protect middle class families and small businesses from an out-of-control and aggressive EPA regulatory agenda.

“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,” said Congressman Graves.

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Regarding the EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule, McCarthy told reporters that many of the concerns held by farmers are “ludicrous” and “just silly.”

“The EPA has two major rulemakings in the works right now, one that threatens land use through an expansion of the Clean Water Act and one that threatens coal-fired power generation.  Neither was ordered or approved by Congress, yet the EPA is making decisions that will be felt for generations,” said Blake Hurst, Missouri Farm Bureau President.  “Congressman Graves’ proposal makes a lot of sense—put the brakes on the agency’s regulatory agenda, review regulations already in effect and ultimately stop the end-run around Congress,” he added.

The Graves legislation would require further economic impact review of all EPA regulations and congressional approval for major actions.

Stop the EPA Act

  1. Immediately halts every proposed regulation until the EPA completes a review of all existing regulations
  2. Requires a retroactive review of all past EPA regulations
    1. Any regulation with an economic impact over $50 million must be sent to Congress for approval
    2. Those that are not approved by Congress will no longer be law
  3. Requires that all new proposed regulations with an economic impact over $50 million must be approved by Congress before they take affect
    1. No new proposed regulations until the retroactive review is completed and Congress acts to approve