Thursday, December 8, 2016

Scott Pruitt, Trump's EPA Pick, on Federalism and Executive Overreach

At Weekly Standard by Chris Deaton  -- 

President-elect Donald Trump selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be his EPA administrator Wednesday. Since taking office in 2011, the 48-year-old Republican has found himself at odds with Washington, D.C., on issues ranging from Obamacare to overreach from the very agency he has been tasked to lead—a federal-state relationship he spoke about at length at the Manhattan Institute in December last year.

"We forget oftentimes what federalism equals. We think about it strictly as a legal concept, but it is something that impacts people in a very real fashion. We know about the horizontal checks and balances between the branches. What we forget about is the vertical separation of power between the federal and state government called federalism. The constitutional framework establishes that. But Congress has, as well in, many instances," he said.
"Congress has spoken very specifically, very prescriptively, particularly in the environmental space with respect to state implementation plans and under the Clean Air Act, and you see this EPA, and you see regulatory bodies at the federal level displacing that, or duplicating state power."

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