Inhofe Introduces Bill To Require EPA Appointees Be Confirmed By Senate: 'They Want To Put People Out Of Business'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | May 10, 2012 | 4:49 PM EDT

In his effort to ensure EPA regional administrators no longer want to “crucify” domestic energy producers, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has introduced a bill requiring the Senate to confirm appointees to these jobs that “have the power of life and death” over employers.

Currently EPA regional directors are appointed by the president without having to undergo Senate confirmation. As a result, the EPA has administrators who are actively trying to force businesses to close:

“This is what they want. They want to put people out of business,” Inhofe said on the Senate floor when introducing the bill as he recounted tales of EPA abuses that have threatened law-abiding companies – and intimidated some to close their doors for fear of the EPA.

Inhofe reminded the Senate of how he recently exposed comments by an EPA Region 6 administrator saying his philosophy was to “crucify” domestic energy producers.

While that administrator subsequently resigned, the problem of EPA administrators driving employers out of business through their heavy-handed tactics persists, Inhofe said:  “We’ve received calls from people that have been out of business.”

“And, this is something that is just an intentional effort that we’re dealing with.”

“Keep in mind, that these regional administrators have the power of life and death over many, many companies in America. So, I believe this (bill) will solve that problem,” Sen. Inhofe concluded.

Senator Inhofe was joined by Senators John Boozman (R-AR), David Vitter (R-LA), James Risch (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Robert Wicker (R-MS), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX),  John Hoeven (R-ND), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Patrick Toomey (R-PA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), and John Thune (R-SD).

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