In the coming weeks, the US Senate will consider a nomination that could have a profound impact on West Virginia and Indiana businesses and their employees. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is one of those Washington DC agencies that could, through excessive regulation and interference, disrupt American business and put jobs at risk.
We have seen far too often in West Virginia and Indiana how unelected bureaucrats have stymied advancement and progress through their political excesses in pursuit of an agenda that rejects the contribution that states like ours have made to our economy.
The appointment of Kalpana Kotagal as a member of the EEOC is significant. His appointment would shift the balance of the five-member EEOC from its current composition to one that would stifle economic growth, especially in the fossil fuel industry.
It makes you think about what a vote could do to the EEOC. It’s also important to remember what a vote could do in the US Senate as well. His nomination was deadlocked in committee and would therefore require every Democrat, in addition to the vice president, to advance the nomination. A Democratic opposition would prevent him from moving forward and changing the composition of the EEOC.
This matters because Ms. Kotagal has made it clear what she represents: litigation over arbitration and a strong aversion to fossil fuels as a source of energy.
Mrs. Kotogal has joined forces with a group, for example, which wants “remove coal-fired power plants, petroleum-based transportation systems and other fossil fuel infrastructure.”
She said that “The link between combating climate change and adapting to its effects and promoting social justice and equity is crucial.” For West Virginians and Hoosiers, we know the impact of these social experiments: lost jobs, with no plan to replace them.
An EEOC under the majority that would exist, if Ms. Kotogal is confirmed, would be one of more intrusion and litigation and less transparency and accountability. With Ms. Kotogal at the EEOC, we would have another federal agency whose mission is to advance an agenda at the expense of those they are charged with helping.
Ms. Kotogal tried to downplay her beliefs about fossil fuels and her militant stances. But there’s not much that’s obscure when she says, “The link between combating climate change and adapting to its effects and promoting social justice and equity is crucial.”
His beliefs represent a stronger bureaucratic state that is less transparent and less responsive to the American people outside the bar, while pursuing an agenda that adheres to the principles of the Green New Deal. As we have seen too many times in this administration, this is the wrong deal for West Virginia and Indiana.
We will vote to oppose his appointment to this position and call on all those advocating for a fair deal for American companies and their workers to do the same.