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USVI's Plaskett fighting efforts to undermine Fed Regulations

- offers amendment to defund SCRUB Act
USVI Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett is rallying against the use of taxpayer funding to establish a partisan, unelected commission with subpoena powers to usurp the authority of Congress and jeopardise public health. Photo: Internet Source

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett in a press release issued on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 said she was rallying against the use of taxpayer funding to establish a partisan, unelected commission with subpoena powers to usurp the authority of Congress and jeopardise public health.

H.R. 998, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2017, proposes to use $30 million in taxpayer funding to establish a commission with unlimited subpoena authority to review federal agency rules and make recommendations to Congress on which rules should be eliminated, according to a release from Ms Plaskett’s office.

“This legislation is nothing more than a clandestine attempt to advance corporate interests at taxpayer expense,” she said. “It will take regulatory review out of the hands of subject-matter experts and place it with a partisan commission appointed by the president.

“At best, this bill will increase bureaucracy and waste money. Congress already has the authority to review agency rules for repeal. At worst, it will severely jeopardise public health and safety, as it would impose a “cut-go” provision in which an agency would have to repeal an existing rule and be forced to provide a cost offset to issue a new rule, even in the case of public health or national security emergencies.

“This bill is a shameful display of Republican hypocrisy. Chairman Chaffetz, who has fast tracked this bill with no real review out of oversight has been adamantly opposed to increasing cost in the federal government.  He now sees it fit to do so at a cost of $30 Million. The goal of reducing the burden of red tape on small businesses is one that I share.  However, House leaders have usurped this bi-partisan goal to produce a bill that they know cannot receive bi-partisan support because it will inhibit agencies from doing their most basic functions, even in the case of an emergency or threat to public health. This Congress has money to throw at solutions in search of a problem, but requires cost offsets to provide aid for victims of the Flint Water Crisis or toward Zika funding,” the congresswoman said.

Ms Plaskett’s amendment would eliminate the use of tax dollars for the establishment and function of the SCRUB Act.

9 Responses to “USVI's Plaskett fighting efforts to undermine Fed Regulations”

  • rock city (01/03/2017, 22:27) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    she is not going to get a thing done under the Republicans so she better off spending more time in rock city
  • dc (01/03/2017, 22:32) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well, so far Trump has not passed one spending bill, nor has he passed one bill of any sort. So based on that, all of the credit goes to Obama.
  • Pay attention (01/03/2017, 22:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bet on the crash, which will bring Trump and the Republicans down.
  • Hmmmm (01/03/2017, 22:57) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    she ain't the politician who was in the leaked sex vid??
    • @hmmmm (02/03/2017, 06:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ Hmmmm
      Shame on you! The woman was with her husband!! You obviously are the type of person who likes gossip and will find any opportunity to stir up trouble! I wonder what your life is like! Go clean up your own backyard!!
    • Reply (02/03/2017, 07:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      She self
    • one eye (02/03/2017, 09:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      vino please play the tape
  • zoe (02/03/2017, 22:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she is in general an 'impatient' lady.
  • KKwaku (02/03/2017, 22:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a matter of clarification, the representative of the USVI to the US House of Representatives is the "non-voting Delegate" , not the 'Congressmperson', Real Congresspersons represent one of the 50 states of the US. - and the have right to vote.

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