by John Garamendi
Last Friday, my Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives introduced a dangerous bill (H.R. 861) that would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sadly, this bill would halt the incredible progress the EPA has made throughout its history to defend public health and combat the threats posed by climate change.
In the 46 years since the EPA was created by Republican President, Richard Nixon, it has been a critical safeguard for the environment and public health. The EPA identifies and regulates dangerous chemicals, promotes environmental education in our schools, and ensures that our air and water are protected for future generations.
Unfortunately, this backwards bill isn’t the only attack the EPA has had to sustain in recent weeks. One of Donald Trump’s first actions as President was to silence the EPA and other science agencies through an Executive Order. His action prevents the EPA from sharing information with the public and prohibits it from issuing any grants or contracts that could help us in combatting serious environmental issues.
In Congress, I have the honor of representing UC Davis—a global leader in environmental research. UC Davis has relied on EPA grants for years to help advance global knowledge of the challenges posed by climate change. Just last year, the University received an EPA grant of $790,000 to conduct research on protecting and improving air quality.
If the GOP Congress abolishes the EPA, the critical advancements that have been made to address environmental challenges will be stifled. That is not what the American people sent us to Washington to do. This is something I am deeply concerned about, and I will continue to fight in Congress for the environment and the academic research that helps us preserve it.
In the weeks and months ahead, I encourage you to reach out and inform me of your interests and concerns. Listening and hearing your voice is the most important part of my job, and I hope you will reach out.
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