Those signing on to HR 899 are, unsurprisingly, linked to the Tea Party, and have strong anti-federal ethics. This band of highly conservative lawmakers have a constant desire to shrink the government as much as possible, and one way to do this is to abolish the very departments that form it.
One of the co-sponsors of this bill is one Representative Matt Gaetz, someone who has a co-sponsored a bill of his own to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for similarly strident reasons.
Of course, just because a bill has made it to the House floor in one form or another, doesn’t mean it’ll pass. Tens of bills get brought to Congress every single day, and many of them will fail – for better or worse.
Nevertheless, the fact that such radically conservative bills are even appearing – those that do not seek to reform vital agencies, but completely eradicate them – is an incredibly distressing sign of the times. It’s all part of the President’s and GOP-controlled Congress’ push for massive deregulation, all under the banner of boosting jobs and independence.
This might sound good as a soundbite, but here’s the thing: standards and regulations are often good things.
It’s important to regulate how much pollution makes it out of power plants, otherwise you’ll have contaminated drinking water and smog-filled skies. It’s important to regulate how financial transactions are conducted between large conglomerates, or else you will foster corruption.
And, of course, it’s important to have some regulations for educational policy, otherwise schools will lack any public oversight, will have free reign to be funded by private interests, some of which will be very keen to teach “intelligent design” alongside science.
[H/T: The Hill]