Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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Former EPA chiefs to testify as Congress investigates Trump’s management of agency

Jun 4, 2019
Press Release
Testimonies come as a key House oversight panel investigates administration’s enforcement of nation’s environmental laws

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be testifying before Congress next week as a part of a key House oversight panel’s investigation into the Trump administration’s management of the agency.

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel, which oversees the EPA, announced today that a bipartisan group of former EPA administrators who ran the agency under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will be on hand to testify Tuesday when the panel reconvenes to discuss the future direction of the agency.

“Nobody knows this agency better than the people who ran it,” DeGette said. “It’s clear that since President Trump took office, the Environmental Protection Agency has been turning a blind eye to science and actively dismantling the tools it’s used for decades to protect our environment. As the committee responsible for directly overseeing this agency, we’re not going to sit back and allow this administration to give polluters a free pass. These are the people who know this agency best, and we want to know what they would do to get it back on track.”

The former administrators who will be testifying at next week’s hearing are: Lee Thomas (1985-1989), William Reilly (1989-1993), Christine Todd Whitman (2001-2003) and Gina McCarthy (2013-2017).  

The hearing will begin Tuesday, June 11, at 10:00 a.m. ET in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

It will also be streamed LIVE online at the following link: https://energycommerce.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/hearing-on-critical-mission-former-administrators-address-the-direction

Additional details will be provided as they become available.