scott tiptonGovernment over-reach has finally over-reached itself.

Not content to ram crazy regulations down the public’s collective throat to further their death-to-fossil-fuels agenda, they are also using government resources and our own taxpayer dollars to lobby us for the effort.

House Republicans including the Western Slope’s Scott Tipton have stepped up to the plate to put a stop to it, and passed legislation this week called the Regulatory Integrity Act, which is intended to force some integrity down the throats of that bureaucratic horde over at the EPA.

The bill prohibits federal agencies from lobbying their own questionable efforts and using taxpayer dollars to secretly promote their efforts, using environmental groups as a front.

“In 2015, we saw the Environmental Protection Agency launch a covert public relations campaign to promote its proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Partnering with third party groups, the EPA directed people to contact Congress and share their support for the WOTUS rule, but the agency never identified itself as the promoter of most of the outreach,” Tipton said.

Tipton says federal agencies are increasingly overstepping their authority to promote the Obama administration’s political agenda.

When regulations are opened to public comment, the government should actually be listening to the public. Implementing a secret strategy to distort reality is a disgraceful tactic, and one that should be stopped.