Friday, April 08, 2011

Did Democrats agree to a Dick Cheney-style inquiry of EPA?

There are reports that House Republican efforts to adopt various anti-EPA budget riders have been shelved in favor of a "study."

But what is the nature of this study?

We are told that it could be modeled on the so-called TRAIN act, which would create a Dick Cheney-like study of EPA rules. The inquiry panel would be exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act -- that is, it could meet in secret. Our friend, Rena Steinzor, head of the Center for Progressive Reform, noted the problems inherent in such a study when she appeared before Congress this week:

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