Over the past decade, your taxpayer dollars have been spent by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test air quality in India, study swine manure on pig farms in Thailand and reduce pollution in China.
Maybe this explains why our nation has a $16 trillion debt and recently joined Greece and five other industrialized countries whose debt exceeds its total economic output.
These projects funded by the EPA were exposed in a report by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. According to the report, nearly $100 million of taxpayer money was spent by the EPA in other countries to advance environmental projects, including over $1 million given to the United Nations to promote clean fuels.
Shouldn’t these countries be doing this for themselves?
Washington’s reckless and irresponsible spending must end. I have co-sponsored legislation (H.R. 4255) to make sure this type of overseas spending never happens again. It’s called the “Accountability in Grants Act,” and it would prohibit the EPA from spending taxpayer money on projects outside of the United States.
At a time when millions of families are struggling to put food on the table, it is outrageous that their hard-earned money should be spent on the “Breathe Easy Jakarta” program which received $450,000 from the EPA to study air quality improvement and public health in Indonesia. I will continue to fight against Washington’s broken system until we restore fiscal accountability.