Lewis to EPA: We’ll gut your funding

posted at 3:35 pm on November 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) wants to get the chair of Appropriations once Republicans take control of the House, and he’s campaigning hard to demonstrate his commitment to conservative causes.  In an attempt to move the conversation away from earmarking, Lewis has fixed his sights on the EPA and its “arbitrary interpretations of the Clean Air Act,” warning EPA head Lisa Jackson that he intends on stripping the agency of funding for her climate-change agenda:

Rep. Jerry Lewis is hoping to strengthen his bid to chair the House Appropriations Committee by threatening to strip funding from the Obama administration’s controversial environmental rules.

The California Republican vying for the gavel of the powerful spending panel sent a letter Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson warning that the GOP-led House plans to strip funding for agency regulations and conduct “unprecedented levels of oversight,” with a particular focus on the administration’s climate change policies.

“In addition to scrutinizing the agency’s entire FY 2012 budget, with particular attention on the agency’s rulemaking process, the House Appropriations Committee will be exercising its prerogative to withhold funding for prospective EPA regulations and de-fund through the rescissions process many of those already on the books,” wrote Lewis, who chaired the spending panel in 2005 and 2006.

Specifically, Lewis said he wants to target EPA’s “ongoing arbitrary interpretation of the Clean Air Act” to begin regulating greenhouse gases in January. He said he will refuse to support federal funding to regulate greenhouse gases in the 112th Congress “unless Congress passes bipartisan energy legislation specifically providing the authority to do so.”

Lewis also signaled plans to target EPA agricultural regulations dealing with spilled milk on dairy farms, airborne dust, lawn fertilizer and arsenic in ground water.

Lewis might get a chance to do something about the FY2011 budget, too, if Democrats don’t stop focusing on the DREAM Act and other nonsense.  They have just three weeks to pass a full budget, but instead they’re discussing the remainder of the progressive wish-list agenda.  If they don’t act to create a full budget by the end of the session — one which Republicans will allow to proceed in the Senate — then the chair of Appropriations will have a lot more immediate impact on the EPA’s ambitions on climate change.

That’s not likely to change no matter whether Lewis or John Kingston gets the chair.  Reining in the EPA will be a high priority for business-minded Republicans, and funding will be the manner in which they yank the leash.  The Senate doesn’t have enough Democrats to force the House to fully fund the EPA, especially since so many Democrats will have to stand for re-election in 2012, especially in Midwestern and southern states that rely on agriculture for their economy.  Defending Jackson now or later in 2011 will have deep ramifications for politicians like Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester, and Jim Webb.


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Hey Lady!

Mr. D on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Make it so!

29Victor on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I’m for gutting funding for gobs and gobs of crud coming out of dc! Good luck Lewis or whoever with this one.
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letget on November 30, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Oh please let it happen

but I won’t hold my breath

Sonosam on November 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Watching and waiting.

Dark-Star on November 30, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Any chance he can get the water flowing to the California growers?

Skandia Recluse on November 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Push for the greening of DC. Tear down government buildings and replace them with cherry blossom trees.

WashJeff on November 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Based on his past history, Lewis’ conversion is kind of like John McCain’s sudden call-to-Reagan moments during the 2008 election, after playing the Maverick role so beloved by the press for over a decade.

He wants his old job back, and the EPA is an easy target. But if Lewis does get Appropriations, people better be keeping close track of what he’s doing.

jon1979 on November 30, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Hey Lady!

Mr. D on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Nice first comment. LOL. That was awesome.

hisfrogness on November 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Jerry Lewis’ stock went up a few points in my book for this, but does this really mean he should get the chairmanship? Kingston, as Ed mentioned, would likely do exactly the same thing, and he’s from the Jeff Flake school of earmark crusading.

Jerry Lewis is a decent enough conservative, but he’s got a muddy history with appropriations that makes me think that he’d have trouble tightening the belt when scrutiny increased. We’ll have to see how this shakes out, but there can only be good things when “appropriator” becomes a curse word in this Congress.

KingGold on November 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

The fight back begins. The GOP needs to declare a “broken arrow” on many agencies over run by enemy forces inserted by the Fifth Columnist Obama/Soros in their persistent attempt to destroy America under cover of Big Lies about CO2 and energy from windmills.

jimw on November 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM

Let’s see what happens a month from now.

Jerry’s Kids (A/K/A Congress) are already signaling that it’ll be (their) business (at our expense) as usual, thanks to buffoons like Cantor, McConnell, et al.

Enough with the mouth, Jerry. You’d better show some action in January.

MrScribbler on November 30, 2010 at 3:45 PM

People just don’t realize how much of their lives are controlled by people who were never elected to office. The legislature and the senate have to answer to the people. We saw an excellent example of that earlier this month. Ah, but entrenched political appointees, they don’t have this problem. The EPA, Federal Judges, Czars, these people are not elected. They have to answer to no one but themselves, and not a damn one of them was elected by the people to represent the people. It is these people who are truly ruining America. It’s nice to see someone starting to ferret them out.

Tommy_G on November 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Gut it like a fish.

Jaibones on November 30, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), he’s got the right idea.

Kini on November 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

YES!

rbj on November 30, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Please!

OmahaConservative on November 30, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Huh, I had Dean Martin pegged as the hard ass, not Jerry Lewis.

GoodSamaritan on November 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Lewis, who chaired the spending panel in 2005 and 2006.

He did a bang up job during that time. Spending didn’t rise at all.

John Deaux on November 30, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Jack Kingston for Appropriations Chair! He’s not from the Appropriators Wing of the Repub Caucus. I know Lewis has been trying to wake up his atrophied fiscal conservative muscles to win the chairmanship, but I don’t trust him. We need someone like Kingston as chair, and then add in Jeff Flake, and a bunch of serious fiscal cons who are going to really clean up the process and stop the flow of cash. Calling Michele Bachman!

But I do want to see EPA’s reigns yanked, and hard!

lizzie beth on November 30, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Don’t forget to club them first. Just for the fun of it, you understand, not for humanitarian reasons.

Fortunata on November 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Barry is going to keep swinging and calling out people who stand in his way…that is who he is.

I wasn’t encouraged this AM from his remarks. He is not used to Republican’s, doesn’t like them, thinks they are backward and too stupid to see what is in the best interests of America, and they are hyper partisan…trying to starve the middle class, let old people die, and let poor people die in the streets.

Or at least that’s what he tells the Man before he extorts them…nice little business you got there

r keller on November 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM

EPA needs to be disbanded. It’s turned into the Communists.

tarpon on November 30, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Can we defund the executive branch?

NotCoach on November 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

OT: But has Charlie Rangel been censured yet? His problems are just beginning. The National Legal and Policy Center has filed a complaint with the FEC against Rangel, who used $400,000 from the National Leadership PAC to pay his legal bills related to the House Ethics Committee charges.

http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2010/11/30/fec-complaint-alleges-rangel-illegally-used-leadership-pac-funds-legal-defense

onlineanalyst on November 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

What, the feds aren’t going to demand that American citizens control airborne dust or be punished? What is this nation coming to when we can’t attack Joe Sixpack for the dust cloud his lawnmower raises.

Bishop on November 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Closing the EPA altogether is a better idea. Let’s have a hearing on the constitutionality of the department.

Vashta.Nerada on November 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Hey Lady!

Mr. D on November 30, 2010 at 3:37 PM

THREADWINNER for those of us old enough to remember and appreciate.

Tim Zank on November 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

How long has this geezer been in the House?
Time for new blood, Tea Party blood thats’ uncorrupted and not beholden to other Concgress critters or lobbyists!

Yea defund EPA, NEA, Obamacare, FDA, NPR and a host of others!

dhunter on November 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Pinning your hopes on Jerry Lewis, the King of Pork, is a set up for disappointment.

james23 on November 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Sounds too good to be true. What about this quote:

He said he will refuse to support federal funding to regulate greenhouse gases in the 112th Congress “unless Congress passes bipartisan energy legislation specifically providing the authority to do so.”

Hmmmm……I don’t think the EPA should EVER have the authority to do regulate greenhouse gases. In seems to me to be an overstep of authority of the executive branch, usurpation of congress’s power, and unconstitutional! The congress should never provide that kind of unilateral power to an executive office.

JeffVader on November 30, 2010 at 4:07 PM

GOP Rep. Buyer Blasts Acting Dem Speaker: “This is why the People have Thrown You Out”

OmahaConservative on November 30, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I don’t trust Californian lawmakers these days.

TheAlamos on November 30, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Pinning your hopes on Jerry Lewis, the King of Pork, is a set up for disappointment.

james23 on November 30, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Exactly. Hopefully the Republicans can find someone other than ALewis to fight this battle. He is not someone I would want to see as chair of appropriations.

bopbottle on November 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I love that kind of talk.

Hening on November 30, 2010 at 4:17 PM

They should circulate a sign-up sheet for those working in the EPA who specifically swear not to touch CO2 emissions, then fund only those positions for three months — telling the rest to pack their stuff and leave the building.

Three months later, they can see how things are going. Maybe a repeat, maybe hire people, maybe leave it that size….

cthulhu on November 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM

This is great news! Fight back against the enviro-terrorists. Is it too late to fight back against another left wing radical e-t, Jane Lubchenko? Hopefully it’s not too late and we can save the last handful of small fishermen who haven’t gone bankrupt yet courtesty of the e-t’s!

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing

shanimal on November 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Reining in the EPA will be a high priority for business-minded Republicans, and funding will be the manner in which they yank the leash.

Starve the Beast!

maverick muse on November 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I would LOVE to see him (or someone else) do this.

But 0bama would probably find a way to circumvent the process and restore funding for the EPA. Is it possible to do that by executive order?

UltimateBob on November 30, 2010 at 4:38 PM

DO IT!!!

Cut off ALL funding to the EPA until that CO2 Rule is rescinded by the unelected Lisa Jackson. How can anyone force industry to adopt Best Available Control Technology for a power plant when NO “control technology” is “available” which has been demonstrated on a large scale for CO2? Besides, “Best” technology implies lowest cost per ton pollutant absorbed (most bang for the buck), but if nobody has really built a working prototype and knows how much it costs, who knows what is Best?

The Rule, as currently written, applies to power plants emitting more than 250,000 tons per year of CO2, which is equivalent to about 100 Megawatts (MW) of heating value of natural gas. No power plant is 100% efficient, so this corresponds to less electricity, but most commercial power plants produce AT LEAST 250 MW.

Has anyone at the EPA ever considered the enormous scale of such operations? At standard temperature and pressure, 250,000 tons/year of CO2 correspond to a volume rate of about 137 cubic feet PER SECOND of gas (minimum) to be removed from a flue-gas stream at 10 times that rate or more, with higher volumes at higher temperatures. Then the CO2, once captured, needs to be compressed to about 75 atmospheres to be stored underground, which could consume 20-30% of the power generated, meaning we end up burning MORE fossil fuels for the same power.

Trillions of dollars spent, millions of tons of wasted fuel, skyrocketing electric power costs, all that to limit the emissions of a harmless gas, essential for plant life on earth, which MIGHT affect air temperatures by a hundredth of a degree or so. Is the EPA absolutely NUTS???

If the Senate can filibuster EPA’s funding during the lame-duck session, it’s time to cut their funding totally until the CO2 Rule is rescinded.

Steve Z on November 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Words are nice. I’ll wait for the actions before I get too excited.

Didn’t Boehner also say he would repeal ObamaCare 2 weeks ago? Now they’re saying they will keep the no pre-existing clause and allow kids to stay on mommy’s policy until 26. Looks like the great 2010 election was for naught with the same clowns in charge as before.

angryed on November 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Let’s start with a budget of $0, and cut from there!!!

The EPA is a “fifth wheel” which does nothing but screw up everything else.

My “Environment” is FREEDOM, and EPA is the Biggest Polluter!!!

landlines on November 30, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Amen angryeyed! A Californian talking tough does nothing for me… Let’s see action or a record

conservador on November 30, 2010 at 5:28 PM

We need protection from environmental protection.

Agencies? We don’t need no stinkin’ Agencies.

ontherocks on November 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Gut the Funding! is the new Don’t touch my junk! Mn. Maybe not.

curved space on November 30, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Maybe it’ll fly for climate matters, but the environment, in general, is a very high priority for most moderates and many conservatives. Risky to cut any further than climate.

jeanie on November 30, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Jerry is a poster child for earmark abuse. I don’t think he should be trusted with the post, but he will do whatever he thinks will keep him in DC. His part of CA is pretty ugly.

Jerry is old guard and has been part of the problem too damn long. Nice words now, but no history to back them up except the rank opportunism of someone who is a Beltway guy and nothing else.

I am pulling for Kingston. Even minor missteps by Jerry, which are probable given his history, will really piss off a lot of people. Be brave, Reps, now is change time, not time for seniority considerations or past deal-making.

THAT’S THE MID-TERM MESSAGE.

Harry Schell on November 30, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Gut all federally funded arts programs too, that crap is a waste. gut all funding for NPR as well, and increase funding for NASA’s constellation program.

Daemonocracy on November 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM

I don’t trust Californian lawmakers these days.

TheAlamos on November 30, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Our lawmakers are getting hit with tip of the arrow of the EPA. Cutting water to whole farming communities for a bait fish, trying to cut CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020 ($.61 more per gallon of gas in January due to Low Carbon Fuel Standards required by AB 32), our own state’s cap and trade on steroids (AB 32), trying to stop any off road vehicle use around sand because of “dust”, people not being allowed to have a fire in their fire place on Christmas day in the valley because of the EPA’s little sister the CARB.

It makes sense that our lawmakers have the most to fight for. The “Breadbasket” of the USA has been killed by the congress created dust bowl and now they blame valley farmers for ruining air quality because of dust (?!?)

Kevin McCarthy, Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa, this guy (who I don’t even know) and others are on the front lines of this battle.

Mock us for losing many battles in the past but don’t you dare question our motives or heart when it comes to saving this state. We WILL win.

Once the 67% increase in electricity and natural gas rates hit along with the extra 61 cents a gallon and food prices up 20%- with no noticeable benefit for any of it- this state will turn on its EPA overlords. Mark my words.

NTWR on November 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM

As I said here EPA Overreach in the Age of Obama

The EPA needs to have its authority cut back, and only be allowed to investigate something after being asked to by an act of congress on a simple majority vote, and the regulation becoming active only after being enacted by an 80% super majority vote. and all previous regulations should be reviewed by congress in the next two years, with all regulations not receiving the same 80% super majority confirmation being discarded. Congress should not be allowed to change the proposed regulation in any manner, and if the proposed regulation fails to be approved in 90 days it is discarded.

Slowburn on November 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Slowburn on November 30, 2010 at 7:52 PM

We will have to see if the talk is backed up by action.

pgrossjr on November 30, 2010 at 8:07 PM

That’s not likely to change no matter whether Lewis or John Kingston gets the chair. Reining in the EPA will be a high priority for business-minded Republicans, and funding will be the manner in which they yank the leash. The Senate doesn’t have enough Democrats to force the House to fully fund the EPA, especially since so many Democrats will have to stand for re-election in 2012, especially in Midwestern and southern states that rely on agriculture for their economy. Defending Jackson now or later in 2011 will have deep ramifications for politicians like Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, Jon Tester, and Jim Webb.

Yipee-ki-ya mothersomethings!

I like me some de-funding!

massrighty on November 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Helplessly hoping…

Akzed on November 30, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Elections, thank goodness, have some lovely consequences. Reining in the EPA is a shining bright possibility!

Whoa!! Defund the EPA!!!

marybel on November 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

The new Republican House can pass a simple law, -“CO2 is not a pollutant wrt the EPA”.

Then see what the Senate does with it, and use it to run against the democratic Senators that are up in 2012.

slickwillie2001 on November 30, 2010 at 9:46 PM

FYI, Jerry Lewis is the most greedy, big spending, pork-loving POS in the Republican Party. I’m sure he’s serious about gutting the EPA since he represents a broad swathe of SoCal desert that’s been tormented by Dianne Feinstein and the EPA for a generation. They are despised in his district.

Still this man is a corrupt son of a bitch that has no business being returned to the Chair and his specialty of bribes and payoffs. He’s the GOP Charlie Rangel. That the GOP would return this guy to power is PROOF POSITIVE that nothing was changed by the election.

Lean back and relax you are getting screwed!

rcl on November 30, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Strip funding for an arbitrary rule here.

Strip funding for an arbitrary rule there.

Begin to recover liberty from her interment.

AshleyTKing on November 30, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Club it like a sea halibut!

DaMav on December 1, 2010 at 3:19 AM

Me wonders…..is this guy’s mouth writing checks he can’t cash?

olesparkie on December 1, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Little noticed but of major importance is the assault and takeover of the housing and construction industry by the EPA. Using phony logic about lead paint, water runoff, etc. the rules practically nationalize the building and permit process.It is obvious to me that there is a full assault on almost all major industries in this country. Obama seems to want to declare everything unsafe or a threat; then nationalize it with affirmative action government employees. The November elections were only a start in keeping him from completely destroying this country. Remember in Nonvember 2012!

Marco on December 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM