WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer criticized President Obama’s request for an additional $12 million for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Its purpose is to enforce civil and criminal environmental laws and programs. This 11 percent increase is the largest requested out of all the Department of Justice’s divisions.
Central among the ENRD responsibilities is to defend the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and other agency actions stemming from the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and others. In addition to prosecuting the administration’s War on Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas in court, the added funds will be used to hire staff focused on environmental violations on Tribal lands.
“The President should not regulate and litigate just because he cannot legislate,” said Cramer. The Congress will not allow him to borrow millions so the federal government can lawyer up in order to push an anti-jobs, extreme environmental agenda. Our Indian Tribes are sovereign nations and should not have to hire a bank of attorneys to fight off Barack Obama’s legal team.”