Trouble Looming: Congress Emboldened to Make Dumb Decisions

Last week I posted an article about the failures of our legislative and executive branches in Washington, D.C. Here are two more examples of possible congressional action, done in part as retribution for the President’s executive actions on immigration. One possible action is aimed at DHS and another at EPA.

(1) Homeland Security Head Implies His Current Budget Puts the Country at Risk. Some excerpts:

House Republicans, seeking to retaliate against President Obama’s controversial executive order protecting more than four million illegal immigrants from deportation, plan to keep the department responsible for implementing the order on a short budgetary leash through early next year.

GOP lawmakers revealed a strategy Tuesday to fund most of the government through next September – the end of the current fiscal year – but provide only a short-term funding extension, or a “continuing resolution,” for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The massive DHS oversees immigration and border security and will implement the president’s immigration action.

(2) Fossil-fuel lobbyists, bolstered by GOP wins, work to curb environmental rules. An excerpt:

The power of anti-EPA sentiment in Washington was evident last week when the incoming chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), a vocal denier of science showing a human role in climate change, sent a letter demanding that the EPA withdraw the new power-plant limits.

 

1 thought on “Trouble Looming: Congress Emboldened to Make Dumb Decisions

  1. Both are good examples of why you should never put people in charge of government who don’t believe in government. Also, the fact that Inhofe is in charge of pretty much anything anywhere is a testament to just how dysfunctional our governmental structures and processes have become, as well as how far right the GOP has been willing to move to accomodate the growing number of wackos in their party. But then, its not like having people in those positions who do in fact “believe” in science has helped very much either….. Lots of great links here lately – but these 2 I could’ve done without. Very depressing….

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