Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Statement on Resignation of EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman

May 21, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today regarding the resignation of EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman:

“It is telling that EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency on the same day that the House of Representatives is debating yet another Bush Administration assault on the environment. The Defense Authorization Bill on the House floor today would roll back protections for endangered species, whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals.

“Despite a complete lack of credible evidence, the Pentagon claims that environmental laws are interfering with military readiness. Testifying before a Senate committee in February, Administrator Whitman said, in a moment of candor, that she did not 'believe that there is a training mission anywhere in the country that is being held up or not taking place because of an environmental protection regulation.' In a typical display of the triumph of ideology over reality in the Bush Administration, Administrator Whitman was quickly muzzled by the White House.

“The Administration’s policies make a mockery of the Environmental Protection Agency and its mission. Instead of protecting our precious natural resources, this Administration is intent on rolling back more than 30 years of bipartisan effort to protect the environment.”


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