A little-known fact about Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), who has taken over, for now, as House Majority Leader.
Two years ago, Blunt flexed his muscles behind closed doors to take away the right of states to adopt better pollution standards for high-polluting small engines including lawn mowers and weed whackers.
Blunt was acting on behalf of lawnmower giant, Briggs & Stratton, which has factories in Missouri.
The U.S. EPA is studying tougher national standards for small engines, but the agency has been delayed by Briggs & Stratton's other Capitol Hill mouthpiece, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO).