November 1, 2018
Democratic lawmakers are quietly making plans to use hearings and investigations to focus attention on the Trump administration’s environmental agenda if they win control of the House of Representatives according to an October 26, 2018 Bloomberg report.
Because they are less likely to capture the Senate, Democrats would have limited opportunities to enact laws. But they can assert themselves in the House — and complicate President Donald Trump’s deregulatory efforts — by using time-honored strategies of burying agencies in oversight requests and hauling federal officials to Capitol Hill for grillings.
“The Democrats will become live players,” said Republican strategist Mike McKenna, who has advised the Trump administration on energy policy. “They won’t be able to set the tone, but they will be able to occasionally play offense, something they haven’t been able to do.”
Hearings and document requests would focus on science, the process agencies have employed to reverse Obama-era policies and allegations of corruption in government, according to House Democratic aides who asked for anonymity discussing plans before Election Day.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to home in on the EPA, examining decisions that may have diminished the stature of scientists in the agency as well as its work to scale back pollution curbs on oil wells and power plants.
What this means to you
Democratic lawmakers are quietly making plans to use hearings and investigations to focus attention on the Trump administration’s environmental agenda if they win control of the House of Representatives in 2018.
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