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'We obviously are suspicious' — Dems prep for 2019

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Washington, October 31, 2018 | comments
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Democrats may take a different tack. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who sits on the Science panel, could not say whether the committee would use that authority if Democrats retake the House.

"Yeah, there could be, although I can't tell you right now what particular subpoena that we would issue," Beyer said. "Obviously, you start with the invitation. If they ignore the invitation, then you move to the subpoena."

Beyer, who serves as ranking member on the Oversight subcommittee for the House science panel, said he wants "to look at the many changes in the EPA since Trump took office, first with [former EPA Administrator Scott] Pruitt and now with Andrew Wheeler, that are really upsetting." He added, "The major theme is the de-emphasis of science and the emergence of what seems to be undue attention to industry concerns."

Beyer wants "a two- or three-hour hearing" on an EPA proposal to consolidate its science adviser's office into its larger research division. He also wants to look at the administration's moves on EPA's science advisory committees, including its disbanding of a review panel on particulate matter air pollution standards.

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