Oily seaweed in the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP spill. | Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources


On Feb. 3, a Republican congressman from Florida introduced a bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

The bill’s full text was released Wednesday morning. It’s only 40 words long:

To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.

Actually, if you subtract the words “terminate the Environmental Protection Agency”?—?which Gaetz and the bill’s co-authors repeated three times?—?the proposed law is only 28 words.

Politics aside, many believe legislative verbosity is an issue, but it’s hard to view this bill’s brevity as anything but an extreme over-correction to that.

And that’s a generous take on what feels like a more opportunistic situation: This bill is likely nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt by a freshmen congressmen to make a name for himself by introducing clickbait legislation that he hopes will trend on Twitter.

Regardless, dismantling an entire government agency is kind of a big deal. Taxpayers might want more than a 40-word explanation.

Whether or not this bill makes it out of committee and onto the House floor remains to be seen. If it does, let’s all hope Gaetz has more to say on the issue then three tweets’ worth of legislative formalities.