Congressman Lamar Smith

Representing the 21st District of Texas
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Rep. Lamar Smith: New EPA Bill 'Prevents Regulation That Can't Be Justified' by Science

Apr 6, 2017
In The News

New legislation that restricts the Environmental Protection Agency from initiating some scientific studies will rein in frivolous research that was backed by the Obama administration, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told Newsmax TV.

"The intent . . . is to scrutinize regulations that have been promoted in the past by the previous administration," Smith, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, told Bill Tucker, guest host of Thursday's "The Steve Malzberg Show." "A lot of these regulations were not based upon good science. Sometimes the underlined so-called data that justifies these regulations didn't even exist.

Sometimes the data was cherry picked and often the individuals writing the regulations were just trying to implement their sort of predetermined outcomes. I think all these regulations need to be scrutinized."

The bill passed in the House last week — The Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act — is "good government, open honest government, transparent government" that will "prevent regulations that cannot be justified by good science by being forced on the American people," Smith told Tucker.

Democrats opposed the bill as having the potential to be abused and for it being anti-science. Also, condemning it were The American Lung Association, National Medical Association, and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

But Smith insisted that is not the case.

"We oftentimes get accused of being anti-science when all we're in favor of is good science, not politically correct science or sometimes even science fiction." He said.

"We're trying to get back to good science, we're trying to practice the scientific method and to the extent we can do that, we'll be doing a benefit to the American people.

"Because the only regulations that they will be subjected to are regulations that really will help the environment, that really will help keep the water clean and the air clean . . . We don't need unnecessary regulations that are costly and ineffective."

He said the economic savings the bill will provide are also a plus.

"It's easy to spend other people's money when you're in the federal government . . . [but] to the extent that you impose regulations on the American people or on small businesses, they cost billions and billions and billions of dollars," Smith said.

"That's not only an expense to those direct individuals involved but those expenses are going to be passed on in the way of higher cost – whether it be higher energy cost or food cost or any other cost."