Newhouse Statement on Inspector General Investigation into What’s Upstream

May 16, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General announced that it will begin an investigation into the EPA’s improper funding of the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign in Washington state that attempts to influence legislators for greater regulation of farmers and ranchers.

“The What’s Upstream campaign clearly crosses the line into unlawful advocacy, and the EPA owes American farmers answers on the extent to which taxpayer funds were used improperly,” said Rep. Newhouse. “I will continue to push for transparency and accountability on this misguided and illegal propaganda effort against farmers in Washington.”

In April, Rep. Newhouse was joined by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and 143 Members on a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Members requested answers on EPA Region 10’s funding of the website and advocacy campaign in Washington state.

For the full text of the letter, click here.