Takeaways from Regan’s marathon House Oversight appearance

By Kevin Bogardus | 07/11/2024 07:04 AM EDT

Lawmakers questioned the EPA administrator about the Supreme Court, regulations, grant spending and his personal plans.

Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan preparing to testify before the House Oversight and Accountability Committee on Wednesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Republican lawmakers pushed and prodded EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Wednesday during his first appearance before the House’s top investigative panel.

Regan warned members of the Oversight and Accountability Committee about gutting the agency as spending cuts for EPA are again under consideration on Capitol Hill.

“America needs a strong EPA,” the administrator said at the hearing, which lasted close to four hours.


Democrats sought to spotlight conservatives’ plans for a potential second Trump administration, known as Project 2025, which would downsize EPA and other agencies. The former president has disavowed it but has also promised to target EPA.