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Proposed bill would abolish EPA

The EPA has an annual budget of $8.1 billion. (Source: EPA) The EPA has an annual budget of $8.1 billion. (Source: EPA)
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced the bill. It is the first bill he has proposed. (Source: @Rep_Matt_Gaetz/Twitter) Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) introduced the bill. It is the first bill he has proposed. (Source: @Rep_Matt_Gaetz/Twitter)

(RNN) - If a freshman congressman from Florida has his way, the Environmental Protection Agency will be no more.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-FL, who represents Florida's 1st District, which is at the tip of the Panhandle, introduced the bill. This is the first bill he has proposed as a member of Congress. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-GA, Thomas Massie, R-KY, and Steven Palazzo, R-MS.

On Twitter, he has described himself as having a strong environmental record, but would rather states regulate it over the federal government.

President Donald Trump briefly advocated abolishing the EPA while running for president, but backed off that position and later said he was in favor of keeping it. However, Trump has consistently criticized government regulations and last week signed an executive order requiring that for each new proposed regulation, two be identified for repeal.

Trump reportedly has banned the EPA from speaking with the media.

According to the EPA's website, it has an annual budget of $8.1 billion. It is not known if current rules would be overseen by a different agency or if they would be repealed.

The text of HR 861, as the bill is formally named, has not yet been made publicly available. It has been referred to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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