Sunshine Week: EPA's Secret Tactic
March 13, 2013
The first day President Obama took office in 2009 the White House website declared his Administration would become "the most open and transparent in history." Obama issued high-profile orders pledging "a new era" and "an unprecedented level of openness" across the massive federal government.
During "Sunshine Week," March 10 - 16, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans are working to remind the Administration of their transparency pledge to the American people.
"Sue-and-settle" refers to a practice in which environmental groups file lawsuits against a federal agency in a friendly court demanding the agency take action. The agency being sued agrees to move forward with the requested action to get the issue out of court. While the environmental group has a seat at the table, private property owners and other affected states and communities are not given the opportunity to take part in the settlements.
The Obama Administration has used the "sue-and-settle" tactic to create a significant portion of its regulatory policy behind closed doors, the majority involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Sen. Vitter is calling on Congress to cut off money for the enforcement of these settlements.
Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed further dissecting the Administration's use of "sue-and-settle."
EPA's Secret Tactic: Sue-and-Settle
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