Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) said Tuesday that the main opponents of his proposed resolution to repeal an ostensibly environmental Biden administration regulation are “radical environmental groups,” “lawyers” and the “Chinese Communist Party.”
Sullivan’s upcoming resolution — they joined of all Republican senators — would undo expanded control of the White House is granted through a reinterpretation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The Council on Environmental Quality, an arm of the White House, has given itself expanded regulatory authority by expanding its scope of discretion over applications by federal agencies seeking permits for projects under NEPA:
The revision clarifies that agencies have discretion to consider a variety of factors when evaluating an application for authorization, removing the requirement that an agency base purpose and need on an applicant’s goals and the agency’s statutory authority.
The Biden administration branded its extension of authority to itself as an “environmental” measure in response to “climate change.”
Sullivan intends to use the Congressional Review Act — which Provides a legislative avenue for Congress to overturn rules issued by federal agencies — to nullify the aforementioned expansion of power the Biden administration granted itself.
“There is a process,” Sullivan explained to SiriusXM Breitbart News Daily hosted by Alex Marlow, “It’s called the Congressional Review Act. Allows Congress to pass a resolution to repeal regulations by the executive branch. It sounds a little weird, but it’s actually a really powerful tool. You may remember that we used it a lot at the beginning of the Trump administration to repeal the 17 Obama [regulations].”
And he continued, “The Biden administration, about four months ago, issued a regulation under the National Environmental Policy Act — NEPA — that will clearly make the ability to build infrastructure — particularly energy infrastructure — much, much more difficult. So I filed a motion to revoke it [regulation].”
The Biden administration’s self-proclaimed expansion of discretionary power to review federal agencies’ infrastructure proposals includes an assessment of how such projects will affect “climate change.”
“I have all 50 Republicans supporting it,” Sullivan said. “I just have a huge team [supporting this]. There are over 50 teams. Everyone from the farmers to the building trades to the builders they are supporting my.”
Sullivan listed sources of political opposition that are financially invested in expanding government controls — and the corresponding suffocation of economic growth — under the guise of “environmental” protection.
He observed, “The only people who are against this resolution to repeal the Biden regulation — this will make it harder to build infrastructure — [are] John Kerry, radical environmental groups on every coast, trial lawyers and … the Chinese Communist Party. They love it. It takes ten years to permit a bridge in America. We used to build great things in our great country on time.”
“We have so much red tape,” he added. “We can’t build anymore. This will be a very important vote and will put the Democrats to the test. Who do you stand with, the radical far left or the men and women who built this country?’
And he concluded, “Only 51 senators are needed. All I need is to shut out a Democrat.”
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