07 Oct '11, 5pm

Republican anti-EPA jihad, explained

Republican anti-EPA jihad, explained

Come and get your EPA-hater T-shirt. Photo: Zazzle National Journal 's Ronald Brownstein, one of the sharpest political observers out there, has an excellent column examining the unusual party discipline House Republicans have displayed in recent votes against EPA regulations. There has been an unceasing march of such efforts, and they are not only garnering near-unanimous support from Republicans in districts Obama carried in 2008, they are getting lots of votes from Democrats in Obama districts. This is not typical. Historically, Republicans in blue suburban areas have tread lightly around air and water issues, which consistently poll well in their districts. Brownstein reviews the record: In 1995, newly ascendant House Republicans under then-Speaker Newt Gingrich also targeted a series of environmental regulations. But Gingrich faced growing resistance rooted in the sub...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-10-07-republican-anti-...

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