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Today on Capitol Hill a senate committee hears from the president's pick to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.
For the past five years Gina McCarthy has been the EPA's top air regulation official.
And lawmakers are asking how this might affect energy policy and production especially.
When it comes to fossil fuels senator John Barrasso writing in the Wall Street Journal today says quote.
It miss McCarthy continues the EPA's policies of favoring expensive fuel sources.
And demonizing affordable ones her leadership will only make our economy worse many EPA regulations chase microscopic benefits of maximum cost.
Over the past four years the EPA is issued more than 18100 new rules with far reaching economic consequences.
Using the agency's own estimates researchers at The Heritage Foundation report.
-- the EPA's twenty major rules alone.
Will cost 45 billion dollars annually.
Senator -- -- so a Republican from Wyoming joins us now thanks so much for making the time I understand.
That the confirmation hearing is going on as we speak and you're about to ask your first questions of the nominee.
Give us some highlights what what's question number one both thanks Rick you know they.
The EPA in my opinion is failing.
All you need to do is take a look at this last week's abysmal jobs record and what we know is that if the president really wanted to get people back to work.
He would really rain in the EPA.
The regulations that continue to come out are burdensome -- expensive and time consuming and that's what I'm gonna be boring in on during the hearing.
Wondering about a balance of -- your medical doctor you know the importance of clean air and clean water.
How do we strike a balance and how confident are you that this administration.
Is dedicated to finding a balance between.
Putting in place policies that make sure that our water and air clean and at the same time or not so overly burdensome.
On farmers for example and businesses for example.
Well that's exactly right we have the EPA has done remarkable things in the past.
But they now are proceeding trying to improve things that are very very expensive to make.
Maybe minimal improvements -- the cost surreal and now the benefits really are.
Unknown and you're right we need to get a balance they keep it correct the balance between energy security.
Economic growth and environmental stewardship.
But this EPA.
In their efforts.
Has gone so far overboard from an environmental standpoint that it is hurting our economy and it is also hurting our energy security.
They're making energy more expensive and they're making it harder to produce American energy do you see Gina McCarthy getting confirmed.
Well that's the concern is that she has been.
A part of this over the last four years she's had a major role.
In what has been to be a failure of the EPA so it is not yet at all clear whether she will be confirmed.
When I need to hear from her is how she is going to be different.
Over the next four years of the president's term than what we've seen over the last four years and the last administrator.
-- we'll be watching and listening to the confirmation hearings very closely as they play out.
And we appreciate the preview your question and answer with -- I wanted to move on to some of the other legislative items that are affecting and and and that involve the US senate because there's a lot going on of course this morning.
Within the last couple of hours there was the vote.
To move the debate forward on gun legislation.
Sixteen of your Republican colleagues sort of broke ranks with the party and voted in favor of of the debate you're not one of them but.
I'm wondering if we're gonna see congress come up with something.
Gun legislation for the first time in twenty years that the president's gonna -- Well there's going to be a very robust discussion about our Second Amendment Rights probably over the next several weeks follow it.
Being from Wyoming we know what our Second Amendment Rights mean to us as individuals.
To own and bear arms and -- -- -- continue to defend those Second Amendment Rights.
For all Americans.
But that is what the debate is going to be we don't even know what the next amendment looks like his present as senator Reid said -- we haven't gotten at all.
Together yet so we haven't even been able to read that.
But -- to me the bill of rights the whole ten.
First amendments to the constitution has -- right has to do with our rights as individuals and those who put together to protect the citizens from the government.
Not to protect the government from the people.
Senator the president putting forth the blueprint for a budget yesterday.
But he's catching a lot of flak from members of his own party for offering to reform entitlements do you see a budget deal and our future.
Not yet he met with a number of Republicans last night I think that his budget is a non starter he's two months late.
Beyond the deadline the house has passed a budget.
The senate has passed.
A budget already the president's budget.
Never -- it's not this year not five years from now -- ten years from now.
Never it includes additional spending an additional taxes so I don't see it pass.
Senator John Brosseau republic in Wyoming -- to talk to you sir thanks very much and thank for your time today thank you thanks reverend Rick.
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