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Rep. McHenry brags about slashing EPA that’s helping McCrory with coal ash

Patrick McHenryPoliticians of both political parties in Washington are scrambling to defend their support of the pork-barrel-laden budget bill that funds the federal government for the rest of the year—and predictably gives Wall Street a huge break.

North Carolina Congressman Patrick McHenry defended his support of the bill in an especially troubling way, bragging in his weekly update to constituents that the bill slashed funding for the EPA.

Additionally the funding legislation passed Thursday includes a number of important changes including cuts to EPA funding and staffing, cuts that will drop the agency to levels last seen in the 1980s.

That’s quite an accomplishment McHenry is touting, reducing the funding for the agency that protects our water and air and land to the level it was funded 30 years ago.

Wonder if McHenry checked with Governor Pat McCrory before he boasted about slashing the funding.  It was only three months ago when he signed the coal ash bill passed by the General Assembly  that McCrory promised to partner with EPA to  “hold Duke Energy accountable for violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the Eden facility and its 13 other coal plants in the state.”

It will be hard to count on the EPA to do its job as a “partner” in cracking down on coal ash pollution if folks like Rep. McHenry keep crusading to make it unable to do its job.

Unless of course that was the plan all along.

9 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    December 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Well, at least there is one good thing going on in that horrible budget. Too bad they could not defund Obamacare too!

  2. Edison Carter

    December 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    layinthesmackdown: Why do you hate your fellow neighbors, and other Americans so much? You were raised in a country that allowed for you to get to where you are. What a horrible ethically and morally void ingrate.

  3. Alan

    December 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    LSD represents the Party of Hate, so why should we be surprised?

  4. ML

    December 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    At least we all agree the budget is terrible. All be it for slightly different reasons but on whole we agree. That’s something right?

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    December 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Dude,
    That was pretty quick to switch between Alan and ML. Guess you like having conversations with yourself. Maybe you should go troll yourself as well.

  6. Alan

    December 17, 2014 at 7:41 am

    “Dude”?

    Perhaps you and the other Civitas/JLF interns should go get a real job?

  7. ML

    December 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Says the guy who constantly follows or precedes Alex in posts. I was also trying to find common ground with my post. Guess we got nothing instead of something.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    December 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hey at least you guy(s) spaced out the shift between your usernames. Don’t make that mistake so often Alan/ML.

  9. Alan

    December 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    LSD, not only are you childlike in your eagerness to be 1st to post, but that same eagerness to be last to post on any topic must keep your employer very happy indeed. Pity there’s no substance at all, bashing and attempting to counter any article here with the same old, tired, crazy talk.

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