House Republicans haven’t been shy about expressing their desire to cripple or sever the government’s hand in environmental issues, but an incoming GOP congressman recently upped the ante, claiming that his party’s House caucus wants “to get rid of the EPA” entirely.
Here’s what Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) said on a recent internet radio program (via ThinkProgress):
FLORES: Absolutely, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to get on Natural Resources is it puts me in the position, not my full jurisdiction over the EPA but I do have some jurisdiction there. I can tell you the House as a whole, the Republicans in the House as a whole want to get rid of the EPA, shut down on these bunny trails that’s going down that are throwing people out of work — particularly the way it’s abusing Texas. And I think that Texas can count on getting some relief from the EPA within the first few months of this Congress because they really have gone overboard.