Pelosi needles GOP over return of styrofoam cups

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) marked the return of styrofoam cuts in congressional cafeterias by jabbing at the Republican majority in the House.

The top Democrat and former Speaker said that the House will now send 535 more tons of waste to landfills due to a change in policy under the GOP-held House.

Pelosi tweeted Monday evening:

#SoBeIt GOP brings back Styrofoam & ends composting--House will send 535 more tons to landfills #TalkAboutGovtWaste

The change in Congress saw the House cafeterias replace slightly more expensive but environmentally-friendly biodegradable cups with more cost-effective though non-recyclable styrofoam cups.

The shift was part of the GOP's move to phase out the "Green the Capitol" initiative Pelosi enacted after taking the speakership in 2007.

Interestingly, Pelosi's tweet also incorporates the latest tag, "So Be It," which Democrats have been incorporating more into their messaging. It refers to a comment by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last month in which he said that if government employees lose work due to Republican spending cuts, "so be it."

Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on a panel determining legislative budgeting, condemned the move by Republicans as well.

"To claim these cups are part of a cost-cutting measure is completely disingenuous," Honda said. "In fact, styrofoam cups will increase costs to our country due to health-related impacts, toxic cleanups, new landfill construction and increased reliance on energy-intensive, oil-based plastics.  Our compostable cups did none of this."

Updated 2:54 p.m.