Rep. Gaetz: Abolish EPA in 2018

February 10, 2017
In The News

Abolish the EPA

Today, I introduced legislation that will abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. This legislation is necessary because it is the states and local communities that are best positioned to responsibly regulate the environmental assets within their jurisdictions. The American people are drowning in rules and regulations promulgated by unelected bureaucrats; and the Environmental Protection Agency has become an extraordinary offender. Our small businesses cannot afford to cover the costs associated with compliance, too often leading to closed doors and unemployed Americans.

This legislation abolishes the EPA effective December 31, 2018, to allow our state and local government partners to implement responsible policies in the interim.

Second Amendment Protections

In the final weeks of the Obama presidency, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published a rule to send the names of certain Disability Insurance beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients with mental impairments to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Previously, only individuals who were engaging in criminal activity were sent to NICS. Under this rule, the names of individuals awarded disability benefits because of mental impairment will be highlighted for NCIS if an SSA employee determines that they need a representative payee- which is, essentially, a person to help them with their finances.

The federal government has no place in taking the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. Having a disability and needing a representative payee do not make someone a threat to society. That is why this week, we passed a joint resolution to provide congressional disapproval of this SSA rule. When the President signs this legislation into law, the rule cannot remain in effect. Additionally, the agency may not reissue that rule or any substantially similar rule.


Tax Reform

Since the day I was sworn in, I have received several calls regarding tax reform, the IRS, and our complicated, overrated tax system. I agree that our current tax system is convoluted and as such, I have become a cosponsor of H.R. 25, the FairTax Act of 2017. Under this tax reform bill, all federal income, employment, estate, and gift taxes would be replaced by a flat national sales tax on all goods and services for personal consumption; the IRS would be eliminated; and necessities would not be taxed at all.


Like so many Americans, I watched media coverage of President Trump’s announcement of executive orders requiring a cessation of refugees and visitors from seven countries that President Obama coined “areas of concern.” President Trump’s orders prove that yet again, he will act when the former administration would only talk and deliberate.

A 90-day pause to consider and implement new changes is entirely appropriate. I would like to extend my appreciation to the hardworking federal and state officials who implemented the new rule this weekend.