Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Executive Order

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Roosevelt Room

2:23 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, everybody. We appreciate you being here. Thank you very much. First of all, I want to congratulate Scott Pruitt, who’s here someplace. Where’s Scott? (Applause.) So important. We’re going to free up our country, and it’s going be done in a very environmental and positive environmental way, I will tell you that, but create millions of jobs. So many jobs are delayed for so many years, and it’s unfair to everybody. So I want congratulate Scott.

I want to thank everyone for being here today. We have a great group of farmers, homebuilders, and county commissioners. They’re all represented. They’re standing alongside of me. I’d also like to thank Jim Inhofe, who’s been so terrific in so many different ways, beyond even this. So I want thank Jim and also the leadership in the Senate on the issue, a friend of mine — a great friend of mine — John Barrasso.

The EPA’s so-called “Waters of the United States” rule is one of the worst examples of federal regulation, and it has truly run amok, and is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land. It’s prohibiting them from being allowed to do what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s been a disaster.

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Trump’s Budget Will Require 10 Percent Spending Cuts at Non-Defense Agencies

Trump’s Budget Will Require 10 Percent Spending Cuts at Non-Defense Agencies

President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House.
President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The Trump administration will require $54 billion in cuts at non-national security federal agencies in its preliminary fiscal 2018 budget proposal, an Office of Management and Budget official said Monday. Nearly every domestic agency will shoulder a share of the reductions.

The spending decreases will offset an equal increase in spending at the Defense Department, which the official said will primarily be given to the Pentagon to spend as it sees fit. The proposed boost, which still must go through the congressional appropriations process, would represent about a 10 percent increase to the Defense budget. The White House will propose that foreign aid be cut to partially offset the new spending.

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Trump’s speech to Congress to touch on tax cuts, health plan

Trump’s speech to Congress to touch on tax cuts, health plan

Published: Feb 26, 2017 4:57 p.m. ET

No cuts planned for Social Security, Medicare, White House says
Reuters President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House on Feb. 16.

By KRISTINAPETERSON

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump is expected to emphasize two of his top legislative priorities, simplifying the tax code and dismantling the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with something else.

But Trump won’t push for curbing spending on Social Security and Medicare, two federal safety-net programs that Republicans have said for years must be overhauled to reduce the budget deficit.

We are not touching those now. So don’t expect to see that as part of this budget,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

House Committee Hearing Scrutinizes Use of Official Time at VA

 

House Committee Hearing Scrutinizes Use of Official Time at VA

February 17, 2017 
 

A hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this week took a look at the use of official time at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The hearing focused largely on a new report from the Government Accountability Office which noted that the VA lacks an accurate methodology for tracking the use of official time by its employees.

FedSmith.com author Ralph Smith wrote about the GAO report and noted that it found nothing new in the sense that agencies have previously been found to be unable to accurately track hours spent on official time for years now.

“No one really knows how much is time and money is spent by federal union representatives on union activity,” Smith wrote.

 

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Communities in Region 5 that received funding under the State Revolving Fund — American Federation of Government Employees Local 704

These 2 documents identify the communities in Region 5 that received funding in 2016 under the Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund and the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund. The documents were received from EPA under a FOIA. These are communities impacted by EPA work.

via Communities in Region 5 that received funding under the State Revolving Fund — American Federation of Government Employees Local 704

Ethics Reminder and Hatch Act Refresher — American Federation of Government Employees Local 704

Many EPA employees have inquired about the possible ethical implications of sharing your personal opinions on science, policy or politics, particularly in social media. You as a United States citizen are free to express yourself about matters that are important to you, including ones that relate to EPA. Your ability to express yourself includes doing […]

via Ethics Reminder and Hatch Act Refresher — American Federation of Government Employees Local 704

Happy Valentine’s Day EPA — American Federation of Government Employees Local 704

Last week, Stand.earth asked their supporters to show EPA staff some love on Valentine’s Day –for science, for communities and for the climate. Here are the thousands of love notes they received. Some examples: Thank you for your efforts to keep the environment safe for present and future generations! At least a quarter-billion people in […]

via Happy Valentine’s Day EPA — American Federation of Government Employees Local 704

New U.S. environmental chief says agency can also be pro-jobs

 

Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt is sworn in by Justice Samuel Alito at the Executive Office in Washington, U.S.
Director of Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt is sworn in by Justice Samuel Alito at the Executive Office in Washington, U.S., February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
By Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, said on Tuesday in his first address to his staff that America should not have to choose between jobs and the environment, as the White House prepares executive orders to roll back Obama-era green regulations.

The controversial pick who has sued the agency he now leads more than a dozen times while attorney general of Oklahoma also struck a conciliatory tone saying he would “listen, learn and lead” and that he valued civil discussion.

“I believe that we as a nation can be both pro-energy and jobs, and pro-environment. We don’t have to choose between the two,” he said in his 12-minute speech to about 70 staff seated in a room at EPA headquarters in Washington, who had greeted him with a standing ovation.

Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week after contentious hearings that focused on his record as top prosecutor of oil- and gas-producing state Oklahoma, where he sued the EPA repeatedly to stop federal environmental rules.

Democrats, environmental advocates and many of the EPA’s current and former staff worry Pruitt’s appointment signals a reversal in America’s progress cleaning up air and water and in fighting global climate change.

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FACT SHEET: Overview of the Clean Power Plan

FACT SHEET: Overview of the Clean Power Plan

CUTTING CARBON POLLUTION FROM POWER PLANTS

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On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is fair, flexible and designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy. With strong but achievable standards for power plants, and customized goals for states to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, the Clean Power Plan provides national consistency, accountability and a level playing field while reflecting each state’s energy mix. It also shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.

What is the Clean Power Plan?

  • The Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the nation’s largest source, while maintaining energy reliability and affordability. Also on August 3, EPA issued final Carbon Pollution Standards for new, modified, and reconstructed power plants, and proposed a Federal Plan and model rule to assist states in implementing the Clean Power Plan.
  • These are the first-ever national standards that address carbon pollution from power plants.
  • The Clean Power Plan cuts significant amounts of power plant carbon pollution and the pollutants that cause the soot and smog that harm health, while advancing clean energy innovation, development and deployment, and laying the foundation for the long-term strategy needed to tackle the threat of climate change. By providing states and utilities ample flexibility and the time needed to achieve these pollution cuts, the Clean Power Plan offers the power sector the ability to optimize pollution reductions while maintaining a reliable and affordable supply of electricity for ratepayers and businesses.
  • Fossil fuels will continue to be a critical component of America’s energy future. The Clean Power Plan simply makes sure that fossil fuel-fired power plants will operate more cleanly and efficiently, while expanding the capacity for zero- and low-emitting power sources.
  • The final rule is the result of unprecedented outreach to states, tribes, utilities, stakeholders and the public, including more than 4.3 million comments EPA received on the proposed rule. The final Clean Power Plan reflects that input, and gives states and utilities time to preserve ample, reliable and affordable power for all Americans.

Why we Need the Clean Power Plan

 

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