House Pressures EPA on Emails

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency for answers on the use of secret email addresses by agency administrator Lisa Jackson and other top EPA officials.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R., Mich.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R., Fla.) requested more information on the practice in a letter sent Thursday.

“In recent weeks, questions have been raised in Congress and among public interest groups about the use of one or more secondary email accounts and aliases by you and potentially other officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” the lawmakers wrote. “Given your reported use of at least one alias email account in your conduct of agency business, we write to ask that you describe fully the nature and extent of this practice.”

Republican legislators and government watchdogs fear Jackson is conducting official business through secret email addresses to skirt public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Republican-led committee seeks to know “whether conducting business with an alias has in any way affected the transparency of the agency’s activities or the quality or completeness of information provided to the Committee.”

Read more at The Washington Free Beacon. By CJ Ciaramella.

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  1. Since the Congress of the United States has the power of the purse, this will be the ONLY source of control in the future upon which The People may rely to control the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Currently it appears that that agency is using its regulatory authority to run most any portion of the economy and corner of the country deemed necessary and convenient by the current administration. A good example would be the destruction of the coal industry which has been dismantled in just four short years without the hand of Congress. There was a time when the national media could be counted upon to rein in such shenanigans, but we all have seen how THAT'S gone recently. Congress is The People's only hope of any control whatsoever now, so this seemingly nitpicking issue of secondary email accounts is critically important. Should the EPA choose to ignore Congress on this issue, then the Congressmen MUST pursue through the purse strings. The EPA and the executive branch MUST be reminded that it is Congress that decides such things, not the President via his EPA. His job is to uphold the laws that Congress makes, not dictate them through Czars and executive orders.

  2. Keep the heat on them, boys!

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