Letter to the Honorable Michael S. Regan

Letter to the Honorable Michael S. Regan

  • May 13, 2024

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, H. Morgan Grifith, Earl L. “Buddy” Carter

We write to you regarding the Biden administration’s use of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to enrich political allies.

As you know, the Committee has questioned how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) planned to distribute the $20 billion available to selected recipients under the new GGRF program, including the $14 billion for the National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF). Specifically, the Committee cited warnings that the EPA could use these large awards to subsidize favored organizations. At a January 30, 2024, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing, Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers highlighted examples of former Biden administration officials and Democratic campaign staff in leadership roles of organizations vying for NCIF funding.2 Predictably, the EPA’s April 4, 2024, announcement of NCIF recipients confirmed our fears that this program would funnel taxpayer dollars to political allies.

Other individuals with ties to Democratic politics also lead organizations partnering with these recipients. While the EPA insists it had ethics rules and a fair competition policy in place, doling out billions of dollars to organizations led by politically connected individuals undermines public trust in the legitimacy of the federal financial awards process. It also furthers the concern that this program was created as an excuse to hand out funding to political allies.

As such, the Committee requests additional information to fulfill its responsibility to conduct oversight of this new program and its distribution of a significant amount of taxpayer dollars.

As noted by Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Chair Buddy Carter at a January 30, 2024, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing, the EPA held “nearly two dozen targeted stakeholder meetings” during the program design phase. Please provide a list of all of these meetings, including the dates, names of the individuals and organizations participating, and any related minutes or memoranda. Chair Carter made a similar request at the hearing.

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