Finally, I want to address a bill I introduced last week to increase efficiency and cut spending by combining the Department of Energy and the EPA into a single, streamlined agency. This legislation would not make any changes to our nation’s pollution laws or energy policy, nor would it reduce current enforcement responsibilities. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, the President proposed merging and consolidating federal agencies, and this bill advances that proposal. I think we can all agree that decreasing administrative costs by combining duplicative support and administrative functions is a common sense way to reduce government sense spending. You can read more about this bill by clicking here.
U.S. Senator Richard Burr
Below is a press release from Senator Burr on his sponsorship of legislation that would create a Mega-Government organization by combining the US Environmental Agency and the US Department of Energy.
May 5, 2011 – 3:52 PM
Burr Bill Cuts Spending, Increases Efficiency by Combining Dept. of Energy and EPA
Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) introduced a bill that would consolidate the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency into a single, new agency called the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The bill would provide cost savings by combining duplicative functions while improving the administration of energy and environmental policies by ensuring a coordinated approach.
“The amount of money wasted annually on duplicative programs within the federal government is staggering,” Senator Burr said. “This common-sense approach will reduce duplicative and wasteful functions across these two agencies and streamline our approach to a comprehensive, coordinated energy and environmental policy.”
The DOEE would combine support and administrative offices of the two agencies and would take the recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to eliminate ineffective or duplicative programs. Core functions of each agency would be maintained.
By implementing suggestions made by GAO and the President’s 2012 budget request, this bill could result in over $3 billion in savings in the next year alone.
Current co-sponsors of the legislation are: Jim Demint (R-SC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), John McCain (R-AZ), Dan Coats (R-IN), Richard Shelby (R-AL), John Barasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), David Vitter (R-LA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mike Lee (R-UT).
Below is a message from Senator Burr. Yet again, Senator Burr shows his “Big Government” propensity. Senator Burr cosponsored and voted for a huge increase in government with the passage of the Food Safety Act. Now he is sponsoring a bill to create a huge mega-government agency by combining the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Never mind that except for a small portion of environmental remediation in the Department of Energy neither of these agencies have anything in common. Also, never mind that both of these agencies should be down-sized significantly instead of combined to create a single mega-government agency each which has shown to overstep their regulatory authority. Senator Burr continues to be completely out of touch with the direction we the people want to see our government head – which is to be much, much SMALLER!
A Message from Senator Burr
U.S. Senator Richard Burr