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Trump Administration's Regulatory Reform Should Reject Preemptive Vetoes

August 16, 2019
Washington, DC

Conservatives applaud the recent action by the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to undo the preemptive veto of the Pebble Mine in Southwest Alaska.

The Obama Administration took unprecedented steps to preemptively block the issuance of Section 404 permits—the Clean Water Act permits required to begin most mining and infrastructure projects—before they were even reviewed.

In doing so, the previous administration empowered EPA bureaucrats well beyond their constitutional authority, putting thousands of jobs across the country and in all sectors of the economy at risk.

The EPA has an important role to play in protecting the environment, and its role is clearly defined in the process outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act. But allowing preemptive vetoes—a step never before taken in the 45-year history of the Clean Water Act—is a blatant abuse of authority.

A project’s permitting should be based upon a proper environmental review process, not the politics of a president.

We urge the Trump Administration to continue to stand up for the protection of private property rights and due process, and undo and prohibit future abusive preemptive vetoes.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks

Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy
FreedomWorks

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

Rachel Bovard
Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee (2014-2015)

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

The Honorable David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth

William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council

Scott T. Parkinson
Executive Director
Republican Study Committee (2016-2018)

David Bozell
President
ForAmerica

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and Executive Director, Conservative Partnership Institute

Thomas Fitton
President
Judicial Watch, Inc.

Matt Schlapp
Chairman
American Conservative Union (ACU)

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director
American Conservative Union (ACU)

Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee

Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian

Norm Singleton
President
Campaign for Liberty

Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group

Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment

Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

The Honorable Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
Member of Congress, Kansas 1st District
2011-2017

Sean Noble
President
American Encore

Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com

Brett Healy
President, The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy

Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications

Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Rev. Bill Owens
President
Coalition of African American Pastors

Melvin Adams
Past President
RENEWANATION

Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness

Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation

Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation

Floyd Brown
Chairman
America Fighting Back PAC

Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express

Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan's Defense and Space Negotiator and Former Director, Strategic Defense Initiative

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Former Director of OMB, Former Chairman of FTC, and First Administrator of OIRA

Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Benjamin R. Case
CEO
Focused On Fundraising

The Honorable George K. Rasley, Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com

Amapola Hansberger
President
Legal Immigrants for America

Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund

Rebecca Hagelin
Columnist
The Washington Times

Rebecca Hagelin
Columnist
The Washington Times

Curt Levey
President
Committee for Justice

Curt Levey
President
Committee for Justice

Curt Levey
President
Committee for Justice

Saul Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association

Tom Giovanetti
President
Institute for Policy Innovation

The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Illinois State Representative

Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute

Jenna Ellis Rives
Constitutional Law Attorney
Trump 2020 Advisory Board

Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation

The Honorable Tim Echols
Public Service Commissioner
Georgia Public Service Commission

Kathleen Patten
President & CEO
American Target Advertising

Lisa Calvert
Christian speaker
Rabon-Calvert Int.

Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union

David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United

David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United

Robert Gluskin
Member
Council for National Policy

Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Donna Hearne
CEO
The Constitutional Coalition

The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan

The Honorable Diana Denman
Presidential Appointee
President Ronald Reagan

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation

Nicholas Stehle
Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives

Barbara S. Waddell
Founder and President
Let Us Pray Ministries

Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action

Eaton Hopkins
President
Liberty Surgical, Inc.

Arlene Krings
KS Prolife
KS for Life

Dr. Virginia Armstrong
National Court Watch Chairman
National Eagle Forum

Dr. Ronald L. Seeley MD

Amy Kremer
Chair, Women for America First

Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group

Paul Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation

Peggy Dau
Representative
Iran Alive Ministries

The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House

Tim Macy
Chairman
Gun Owners of America

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

Peter Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Caucus

Tom Schatz
President
Citizens Against Government Waste

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The Conservative Action Project (CAP) was founded in 2008 by many conservative leaders with former Attorney General Edwin Meese III serving as the Founding Chairman. CAP is currently chaired by Alfred S. Regnery and is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participants include the CEOs of over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement-economic, social and national security.