The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created by Richard Nixon in 1970. It oversees the environment by enforcing regulations passed by Congress. The agency conducts research and it has responsibility for enforcing national environmental standards. This Bell Ringer includes two clips of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate. The first clip includes an overview of the EPA by Senator Tom Carper from Delaware and the second clip includes Scott Pruitt's opening statement to the committee.
Description Executive agencies and regulatory commissions have vast policy-making power, yet they are an unelected part of the federal government. This lesson examines bureaucratic rule-making in four agencies (EPA, IRS, FCC and Department of Education). The lesson also focuses on how other branches of the federal government can check this power through Congressional oversight and judicial review.
In the first video clip, Todd Gaziano from the Pacific Legal Fund responded to Donald Trump