GQjock saidYou couldn't pick another Executive branch dept?
It had to be the EPA? ... LOL
A bit of a republican Freudian slip?
It couldn't be say something like the Bush era wiretapping of civilians ?
Or any of the clear breaches of the Bill of Rights that occurred under our last Presidency?
It had to be the EPA which THIS Congress especially would LOVE LOVE LOVE to abolish
Just as aside the EPA was started by a certain someone with an R after his name
Sorry my man Congress create-eth and Congress take-eth away doesn't bode well with the Constitution's separatism of Powers
Whether it's within their Power to DO something doesn't mean that it is correct
We have a whole history of things that were passed by Congress that we can look back on and say Holy Crap that was BAD
You are right, the EPA was a convenient, if bad, example. I could have chosen any other federal agency, especially ones I actually dislike, like the NLRB. However, my point is this: first, this is Congress saying "We don't want to handle this issue, so we're going to let the President and his/her appointees deal with this, instead of passing legislation ourselves; and second, that the idea of an administrative state is of questionable validity in our system of separation of powers; and third, Congress should be the one putting these rules forth in the first place, not faceless bureaucrats.
I support this legislation because I think it takes power that Congress decided to give to the President and puts it back in the hands of Congress. I may not be a fan of the current Congress, but they are, at least, elected to make laws, not hand those decisions over to an administrative agency.
I may not agree with a lot of what Congress does, and there's a line stretching from here to the farthest reaches of the multiverse of Congressional Acts with which I disagree, but it is Congress' job to regulate things, and to pass legislation, even if I disagree strongly with it. I don't like Obamacare, or the New Deal or the Great Society, but I grudgingly accept that Congress had the power to write that legislation and pass it through Congress, and get it signed into law. Congress can, and does, pass legislation regardless of what we think of that legislation.