Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.
In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.
Today’s offering: $6.9 million to left-wing climate activists!
The Washington Examiner reports:
The Environmental Protection Agency in Joe Biden's first two years as president has quietly steered over double the amount in taxpayer-backed payouts to liberal climate activists and other groups than in President Donald Trump's four-year term combined.
Trump EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a 2017 memo vowing to end "sue and settle," which involves groups challenging the government on aligned issues, followed by agencies ending disputes and approving rules they may be unable to push through Congress. The EPA under Biden, which revoked the memo, spent over $6.9 million in 2021 and 2022 on attorneys fees for settlements with largely environmental groups under the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, whereas agency payouts were $3.6 million for Trump and $5.7 million during Barack Obama's second presidential term, records reveal.
The cash transfers were unearthed through the Freedom of Information Act by the federal spending watchdog Open the Books and first shared with the Washington Examiner. They underscore how liberal climate advocacy groups have amassed influence and seemingly earned a seat at the table with the government upon Biden assuming office.
Almost $7 million of OUR dollars went to left-wing climate activists.
Think about that the next time Democrats are asking for another tax hike.
Think about that the next time you're noticing all the higher prices at the grocery store or gas pump.
They have no right. Yet, here we are. Again.