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Representative Ed Whitfield

Representing the 1st District of Kentucky

Whitfield: Obama Administration has Pattern of Conduct that Rewards Friends and Punishes Opponents

May 15, 2013
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today took to the House floor to question the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over political favoritism occurring with its agency.  Whitfield’s comments come after a series of news reports found that EPA politically favors liberal-leaning environmental groups over conservative groups.

“I rise today to express in the very strongest terms possible my disapproval of a pattern of conduct of the Obama Administration that is of great concern to all of us:  A pattern of conduct in which this Administration rewards its friends and punishes its opponents,” stated Whitfield on the Floor of the House of Representatives.  “We are now finding out that EPA routinely grants fee waivers to its favored left-wing groups who demand a more intrusive and powerful EPA, but systematically deny waivers for free information from any group that EPA disagrees with.  America will not stand for a government that rewards its friends and punishes its opponents in this discriminatory fashion.”

A report published by the Competitive Enterprise Institute shows that EPA has “a pattern of making it far more difficult for limited-government groups – in particular those who argue for more freedom and less EPA – to access public records.”   The report also found that EPA granted fee waivers for records to green leaning groups 92 percent of the time while denying the requests 93 percent of the time for conservative leaning groups.