House to vote on bill requiring EPA to share scientific basis for regulations

The House will vote on legislation preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations, unless all scientific data to support implementation is publicly available.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not specify when the House would vote, saying only that it would be "soon." The House will return to Washington on Nov. 12.

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McCarthy said the measure would be part of GOP messaging to show the party can make government function.

"Our government needs to be more limited, accountable, and competent, and bills like this will help do just that," McCarthy wrote in a blog post.

The EPA currently does not always provide scientific data to the public to identify the need for new regulations. Under the bill, H.R. 4012, the EPA would be required to make it available for "independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results."

"The House Science committee recognizes that if the EPA is committed to making rules on the best-available science, it should only make regulations based on science that is transparent and reproducible," McCarthy said.

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