Dingell Introduces the REGION Act

To counter the severity of the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts for EPA, Rep Debbie Dingell (D-MI) has introduced HR 3582, the Recognizing the Environmental Gains in Overcoming Negligence (REGION) Act.  The purpose is to prohibit potential Agency office closures.  It states, “No office of the Environmental Protection Agency, including any region, regional office, or program office, shall be closed, consolidated, or eliminated using funds made available in any appropriations act for any fiscal year.”  A similar measure has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL).  Neither bill enjoys bipartisan support as of this writing.