After Voting To Slash Funding For The...

After Voting To Slash Funding For The EPA, Barletta Now Outraged It’s Not Doing More In His District

There are 16 comments on the thinkprogress.org story from May 27, 2011, titled After Voting To Slash Funding For The EPA, Barletta Now Outraged It’s Not Doing More In His District. In it, thinkprogress.org reports that:

Three months after voting to eliminate funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) now says he’s outraged that the EPA isn’t doing more to protect the health of residents in his district.

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“Open your eyes”

Since: Sep 09

Central Florida

#1 May 27, 2011
Ahhh I see more George Soros funded media by Iria.

So predictable.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#2 May 27, 2011
the funding that was slashed was, ADDITIONAL funding, and funding for area's the epa has no business poking it's left wing nose in.
the epa is still supposed to do the job they were created, and ARE funded to do.
nothing more, BUT...NOTHING less.

nice try, though, iria.
Wall Street Government

Vero Beach, FL

#3 May 27, 2011
That’s an ironic position for Barletta, considering how often he’s tried to prevent the EPA from doing its job. In February, Barletta voted with the rest of the Republican-controlled House for an amendment that slashed funding for the EPA. Republicans were retaliating against the agency for its efforts to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), one of the authors of the amendment, said,“The era of EPA overstepping its authority by imposing over-burdensome and unnecessary regulations at the expense of American businesses is over".

“make mine a double, please”

Since: Sep 07

chicago

#4 May 27, 2011
Wall Street Government wrote:
That’s an ironic position for Barletta, considering how often he’s tried to prevent the EPA from doing its job. In February, Barletta voted with the rest of the Republican-controlled House for an amendment that slashed funding for the EPA. Republicans were retaliating against the agency for its efforts to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), one of the authors of the amendment, said,“The era of EPA overstepping its authority by imposing over-burdensome and unnecessary regulations at the expense of American businesses is over".
Did you bother to read what you posted? The complaint was the EPA OVERSTEPPING it's authority. THAT'S why the funding got slashed. They are still expected to do what they were created to do.

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#5 May 27, 2011
HaHaHa

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#6 May 27, 2011
just had lunch wrote:
<quoted text>
Did you bother to read what you posted? The complaint was the EPA OVERSTEPPING it's authority. THAT'S why the funding got slashed. They are still expected to do what they were created to do.
"Voters also opposed Barletta’s votes to “prevent the EPA from reducing arsenic, mercury and other toxic pollution from cement kilns, or from collecting any data about carbon and other pollutants.”

It’s pretty audacious to attack an agency for not doing enough mere months after attacking them for doing too much.
Wall Street Government

Vero Beach, FL

#7 May 27, 2011
just had lunch wrote:
<quoted text>
Did you bother to read what you posted? The complaint was the EPA OVERSTEPPING it's authority. THAT'S why the funding got slashed. They are still expected to do what they were created to do.
Barletta is insisting that the agency pay special attention to an area in Pittson, PA, after one resident alleged that a tunnel near a Superfund site gave him cancer. The EPA held an open house and information session to address the concerns of residents in the area, but said it did not plan to conduct further testing. This outraged Barletta, who called their decision “unacceptable”. Special attention? One resident? Alleged? You want the government to get off your back, then when it does, Barletta whines.
Frank Lee Plain

Sugar Land, TX

#8 May 27, 2011
Republicans want to cut funding for the EPA abd for FDA food inspectors. But once we're poisoned by toxins in our food, air & water, we won't be able to afford ealth care after they've cut helath care reform and medicare.
no way

Flushing, NY

#9 May 27, 2011
no way
Better_Yet_Konne cticut

Norwich, CT

#10 May 27, 2011
Frank Lee Plain wrote:
Republicans want to cut funding for the EPA abd for FDA food inspectors. But once we're poisoned by toxins in our food, air & water, we won't be able to afford ealth care after they've cut helath care reform and medicare.
What are they doing to prevent that now? Do you even know? Is your beef good? Well, an inspector smelled and touched it--that's it, unless it's the one out of hundreds that gets a random test. So please enlighten us as to how largely touching and smelling a side of beef protects you from toxins. I can smell and touch a steak in my grocery store's meat section without paying a federal worker to stand there with a clipboard and do it.
serfs up

Plano, TX

#11 May 28, 2011
Jonny Boy Central Coast wrote:
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"Voters also opposed Barletta’s votes to “prevent the EPA from reducing arsenic, mercury and other toxic pollution from cement kilns, or from collecting any data about carbon and other pollutants.”
It’s pretty audacious to attack an agency for not doing enough mere months after attacking them for doing too much.
You know you are a real piece of work. Our nation is sue happy. It is not about the money extorted from the taxpayer. It is how its is appropriated and who gets paid. The taxpayer is just a sucker now. America is a pristine paradise with no pollutants at all that must be blessed by you with a swindling amount of surviving businesses as you are scum and the rest of the world is what you live off of for your enjoyment. You use the private side products as we all do. Rules and laws for agencies are general. Not specific. We are bankrupt now.

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#12 May 28, 2011
serfs up wrote:
<quoted text> You know you are a real piece of work. Our nation is sue happy. It is not about the money extorted from the taxpayer. It is how its is appropriated and who gets paid. The taxpayer is just a sucker now. America is a pristine paradise with no pollutants at all that must be blessed by you with a swindling amount of surviving businesses as you are scum and the rest of the world is what you live off of for your enjoyment. You use the private side products as we all do. Rules and laws for agencies are general. Not specific. We are bankrupt now.
CONservative values serve as an example of what we can expect if CONservatives are allowed to implement the policies they propose.

After all, the illegal drug industry is not subject to taxation, is unencumbered by environmental or any other kind of regulation, has free access to all manner of firearms and weaponry and operates in a truly free market.

In fact, if we just look to our neighbor, Mexico, we can see how CONservative values and policies, as exemplified by truly free competition among the drug cartels, have improved the quality of life for its citizens.
serfs up

Plano, TX

#13 May 28, 2011
Jonny Boy Central Coast wrote:
<quoted text>
CONservative values serve as an example of what we can expect if CONservatives are allowed to implement the policies they propose.
After all, the illegal drug industry is not subject to taxation, is unencumbered by environmental or any other kind of regulation, has free access to all manner of firearms and weaponry and operates in a truly free market.
In fact, if we just look to our neighbor, Mexico, we can see how CONservative values and policies, as exemplified by truly free competition among the drug cartels, have improved the quality of life for its citizens.
You insult tens of millions and into hundreds of millions of Americans who lived by rules and laws on a constant basis. The last four or five decades with anything goes in our perosnal lives has now brought us to something wicked this way comes. People warned and were/are laughed at. Each step happening as written in literature. If you are young or maybe not, you will see camps opened to house people someday. And they will not be nice.

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#14 May 28, 2011
serfs up wrote:
<quoted text> You insult tens of millions and into hundreds of millions of Americans who lived by rules and laws on a constant basis. The last four or five decades with anything goes in our perosnal lives has now brought us to something wicked this way comes. People warned and were/are laughed at. Each step happening as written in literature. If you are young or maybe not, you will see camps opened to house people someday. And they will not be nice.
"you will see camps opened to house people someday."
Y

YES, THE PRISON INDUSTRY HAS GROWN 400% IN THE PAST 30 YEARS, WHILE VIOLENT CRIME HAS BEEN ABOUT LEVEL.

"JUST SAY NO" LOL

OR WERE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE HOVVERVILLES AFTER THE FIRST REPUGLTHAN DEPRESSION/
Frank Lee Plain

Sugar Land, TX

#15 May 28, 2011
Better_Yet_Konnecticut wrote:
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What are they doing to prevent that now? Do you even know? Is your beef good? Well, an inspector smelled and touched it--that's it, unless it's the one out of hundreds that gets a random test. So please enlighten us as to how largely touching and smelling a side of beef protects you from toxins. I can smell and touch a steak in my grocery store's meat section without paying a federal worker to stand there with a clipboard and do it.
The facts argue otherwise:
"For more than 90 years, meat inspection was based on organoleptic methods, using sight, touch and smell. But in 1993, a deadly outbreak of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain signaled the need for greater controls based on science to prevent foodborne illness and protect consumers. FSIS identified E. coli O157:H7 as an adulterant in October 1994, and began a sampling program to test for the pathogen in federally inspected establishments and retail stores. These programs have proven highly effective.

The food safety system employed by FSIS to accomplish its mission has evolved to one in which a science-based framework is used to identify and prevent food safety risks. This framework is known as the Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) system. PR/HACCP allows for the use of science and technology to improve food safety in order to prevent the introduction of pathogens in the products we consume. The implementation and verification of PR/HACCP plans have led to a dramatic decline in the incidence of foodborne illnesses.

Using 2004 data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a 42% decrease in illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/100_Years...
Better_Yet_Konne cticut

Norwich, CT

#16 May 29, 2011
Frank Lee Plain wrote:
<quoted text>
The facts argue otherwise:
"For more than 90 years, meat inspection was based on organoleptic methods, using sight, touch and smell. But in 1993, a deadly outbreak of the Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain signaled the need for greater controls based on science to prevent foodborne illness and protect consumers. FSIS identified E. coli O157:H7 as an adulterant in October 1994, and began a sampling program to test for the pathogen in federally inspected establishments and retail stores. These programs have proven highly effective.
The food safety system employed by FSIS to accomplish its mission has evolved to one in which a science-based framework is used to identify and prevent food safety risks. This framework is known as the Pathogen Reduction/Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (PR/HACCP) system. PR/HACCP allows for the use of science and technology to improve food safety in order to prevent the introduction of pathogens in the products we consume. The implementation and verification of PR/HACCP plans have led to a dramatic decline in the incidence of foodborne illnesses.

Using 2004 data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a 42% decrease in illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/About_FSIS/100_Years...
A 2004 report dating back to 1993? Yeah, thanks for the current data. You might want to loki around for some updates so you have "the facts."

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