Senate GOP: Shutdown 'isn’t all bad'

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The No. 1 reason, according to a blog post posted by Republicans on the committee, related to concerns that former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used a secondary email address that seemed to belong to a man named Richard Windsor.

“Richard Windsor has been furloughed—for good!” staffers in the office of Sen. David Vitter (La.), the top Republican on the committee, wrote.

Vitter and other Republicans have accused Jackson of using the email address to communicate with lobbyists and hide her emails from the public. 

Another perk to the shutdown, they maintain, is that EPA officials kept away from their jobs “makes it less likely that they’ll make up science on new regulations.”

Supporters of environmental regulation quickly jumped on the list.

In a statement responding to the post, EPA spokeswoman Alisha Johnson said that "vital services" the agency provided were being disrupted by the shutdown.

"It is highly disappointing that some members of Congress would see this as an opportunity to make light of hundreds of thousands of federal employees currently out of work, and the millions of Americans being impacted by this disruption in vital government services," she said.

Some Republican lawmakers have previously expressed relief that the shutdown has furloughed thousands of EPA officials and prevented them from writing and issuing new regulations. 

The EPA has furloughed about 94 percent of its employees during the shutdown.