Sunday letters: Gamesmanship by Republicans threatens Clean Water Rule – Chicago Sun
December 11, 2015 - Essential Water
Congressional negotiators are confronting a deadline in a entrance days to strech an agreement on spending bills to keep a supervision from shutting down. But many Republicans, including Sen. Mark Kirk, are creation a shutdown some-more expected by perplexing to supplement anti-environmental provisions, famous as riders, to a appropriation measures. These riders do not change spending levels; they are combined to these bills to force by measures that can't make it into law by normal processes.
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One supplement would kill a Clean Water Rule, that is designed to assistance safeguard a reserve of a celebration H2O reserve for one in 3 Americans. Big polluters and their allies in Congress are going to good lengths to dissolution a rule. This is a vicious hazard to millions of Americans. That includes tiny businesses, those who attend in a $200 billion sport and fishing economy, and families opposite a republic whose households’ celebration H2O depends on a sources a order would protect. And it includes healthy treasures of vicious uninformed waters such as a Great Lakes.
And this conflict on a Clean Water Rule is only one of more than 100 riders Republicans have attached to must-pass spending bills. Similar riders take aim during measures to extent meridian change, dissolution health standards a EPA recently released to strengthen Americans from smog, and forestall a Department of Energy from updating standards that make domicile appliances and lightbulbs some-more appetite efficient. They take divided protections for a series of involved species, from a gray wolf to a larger virtuoso grouse.
These are reserve that have zero to do with spending; they’re merely there to reason a operations of a supervision warrant to an ideological agenda.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as good as Obama administration officials, are operative to retard a riders in a bill negotiations, that are going down to a wire.
That’s a right position.
Bringing a nation to a margin of a shutdown to strengthen increase for corporate polluters is not good faith negotiation, nor is it any approach to run a government. Using spending bills to reason a American open warrant creates an nonessential — and fake — choice between gripping a supervision using and safeguarding a open from mistreat to health and to a environment.
Anne Hawke, National Resources Defense Council
Richard M. Daley left Chicago in an comprehensive mess. A dysfunctional, pennyless propagandize system, parking and benefaction contracts that enriched Daley’s friends and family though left taxpayers on a offshoot for generations among them.
Rahm Emanuel came in to a scarcely unfit pursuit of righting a ship, and has done good strides. He has done tough preference that have hurt many though a choice was to continue on a trail of his prototype and watch a city solemnly penetrate into bankruptcy. His prerogative is that he has tiny outspoken groups job for his resignation. These people have no thought what a repercussions would be should he acquiesce.
Living in a suburbs we roughly wish he would. Maybe he would run for administrator and request his knowledge and care skills toward straightening out this whole dysfunctional state.
Gary Bjorklund Sr., Justice
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