From the Vault: Wendell Ford taking on Clinton administration over regulations

03/06/2011 05:08 PM

This week featured several of Kentucky’s congressional delegation challenging the Environmental and Public Protection Agency over its regulation and coal mining permitting process.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Somerset, spent some of the meeting of the House Appropriations Committee, which he chairs, chastising EPA Director Lisa Jackson over what he called a slow and cumbersome permitting process. It came as the administration lodged a $9 billion budget request, as Pure Politics reported on Friday’s program.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul introduced a bill aimed at streamlining that EPA permitting process, as the Courier-Journal reported last week.

This wasn’t the first time Kentucky’s members of Congress had taken on a federal agency.

In 1995, then-Sen. Wendell Ford, a Democrat, took issue with President Bill Clinton’s push for the Food and Drug Administration to tightly regulate the cigarette industry — including clamping down on the marketing of cigarettes to kids.

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- Ryan Alessi

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