Obama threatens veto of House bill to limit EPA use of unpublished data


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Here we go again: The House is about to vote on a Republican bill to require EPA to use only publicly available data.

The bills, introduced by a mostly Republican cast of sponsors in both the House and the Senate, would require that EPA use only publicly available, reproducible data in writing regulations and seek to remake the membership and procedures of the agency’s science advisory panels. Supporters, including industry groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argue that the legislation would improve the transparency and soundness of how EPA uses science, making regulations less costly and more effective.

Opponents, however, are calling the bills wolves in sheep’s clothing. “I cannot support legislation that makes it easier for industry to implement their destructive playbook, because risking the health of the American people is not a game that I’m willing to play,” said Representative Paul Tonko (D–NY) at a 25 February committee meeting on the bills.

The White House has issued statements saying Obama will veto the bill. How hard to do you think John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will fight for this legislation?

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  • Robert

    “How hard to do you think John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will fight for this legislation?” Harder than amnesty, etc. because many of the donor class is from the energy industry. The problem is that even if these two went all-out to fight it would be like a featherweight trying to knock-out Evander Holyfield.

  • wodun

    But this is the most transparent administration in the history of the universe.

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