e-Update: Putting a Stop to EPA Wage Garnishing


2014-08-01 15:07:51
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.j ohanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm> Senator Johanns e-Update August 1, 2014 I wrote a letter this week to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy opposing a proposed rule granting the agency the power to garnish the wages of citizens without a court order. A copy of the letter is available HERE <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.j ohanns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f%3fa%3dFiles.Serve%26amp%3bFile_id%3d09fb11 b0-db20-4a96-a87d-9bfb35ac8b51> . Given this Administration's regulatory zeal - especially in ag circles, I find it troubling that a federal agency can have the authority to garnish wages for unpaid fines or penalties without a court order. If EPA has a legitimate reason to issue a fine, and the fine is past due, the agency should have no problem getting a judge's blessing to collect it. To further address this problem, I am also crafting legislation to require agencies to obtain a court order before garnishing wages of non-federal workers. I will keep you informed on the progress of this legislation. Click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fjohan ns.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f%3fp%3dEmailSenatorJohanns> to leave your remarks for Senator Johanns. Stay in touch with Senator Johanns on <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foutr each.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26amp%3bcid%3dquorum_j ohanns-iq%26amp%3bcrop%3d16813.76181764.12659284.7000369%26amp%3bredirec t%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.facebook.com%252fMikeJohanns> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foutr each.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26amp%3bcid%3dquorum_j ohanns-iq%26amp%3bcrop%3d16813.76181764.12659284.7000369%26amp%3bredirec t%3dhttps%253a%252f%252ftwitter.com%252f> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx nns-iq&crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foutr each.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26amp%3bcid%3dquorum_j ohanns-iq%26amp%3bcrop%3d16813.76181764.12659284.7000369%26amp%3bredirec t%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fuser%252fSenatorMikeJohanns%2 53ffeature%253dmhee> To unsubscribe, email xxx ate. gov . <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_johanns-iq/iqtr k.gif?crop=18448.78949218.12696734.14749790>


Senator Johanns e-Update
August 1, 2014

I wrote a letter this week to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy opposing a proposed rule granting the agency the power to garnish the wages of citizens without a court order. A copy of the letter is available .

 

Given this Administration’s regulatory zeal – especially in ag circles, I find it troubling that a federal agency can have the authority to garnish wages for unpaid fines or penalties without a court order. If EPA has a legitimate reason to issue a fine, and the fine is past due, the agency should have no problem getting a judge’s blessing to collect it.

 

To further address this problem, I am also crafting legislation to require agencies to obtain a court order before garnishing wages of non-federal workers. I will keep you informed on the progress of this legislation.

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