Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Cut EPA Waste, Save Over $7.5 Billion

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Washington, April 29, 2015 | comments

Washington, D.C. – To save American taxpayers’ dollars, today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2015.  This bill would terminate or eliminate federal funding for 13 wasteful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs, would close all EPA field offices, and require the EPA to lease or sell all underutilized properties.  The Heritage Foundation estimates this bill would save taxpayers more than $7.5 billion over 10 years.

“As a fiscal conservative, I believe Washington should be respectful of taxpayers’ dollars and live within its means,” said Johnson.  “American taxpayers certainly don’t need to be paying for the EPA’s empty and unused buildings and its wasteful programs.  This bill does right by the hardworking folks in my district and across the country and is part of my ongoing effort to get our fiscal house in order.” 

Specifically, the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act of 2015 would:

  1. Terminate the following wasteful programs:
    • All EPA grant programs (and also prohibit the EPA from establishing or implementing any new grant programs)
    • National Clean Diesel Campaign
    • Environmental justice programs
  2. Eliminate federal funding for the following:
    • Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program
    • Climate Resilience Fund
    • Climate Resilience Evaluation Awareness Tool
    • Green Infrastructure Program
    • Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative
    • Regulating greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles
    • Regulating greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants
    • Climate research at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development
  3. Prohibit the use of funds for new ozone standards
  4. Eliminate and close the EPA’s state, regional, district, local, and field offices
  5. Require the EPA to dispose of or lease any property determined by the EPA IG to be underutilized
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