Senator Lisa Murkowski (R—Alas.), fresh off her failure to block the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the environment, has proposed another resolution with a much broader scope: it would block all government agencies from doing pretty much any of the stuff they’re supposed to do. There are indications of bipartisan support.
“Nothing should ever be done by unelected bureaucrats, everything that the government does needs to be handled by us, the elected officials,” Murkowski said during a press conference. “I am proposing that we put the power back into the representatives of the people of this country.” She walked away from the podium before a reporter could finish pointing out that government appointees are appointed by elected officials.
Reactions from the Senate were largely favorable, but calls to some of the agencies in question highlighted some concerns over just what might happen if agency powers are revoked en masse. A spokesperson at the Food and Drug Administration wondered, “Is Congress going to vote to approve every single drug coming on the market? Because that would make our jobs a whole lot easier, actually.”
When told of the resolution, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner walked away mumbling “they want this shitstorm, it’s all theirs.” Among the other complicated and time consuming jobs that would fall back into the hands of Congress would be reviewing scientific research grants for the National Institutes of Health and approving licenses for nuclear power plants.
“Regulation of pretty much everything is too important to leave to the experts appointed specifically to regulate those things,” Murkowski said. “We members of Congress are more than capable when it comes to every last task the government should ever have, and this resolution would take the unnecessary powers away from government agencies.”
When reached for comment at home, former director of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mike Brown, said “Seriously? And they couldn’t have done this five years ago? Shit.”