The sponsor of the bill was Rep. Mark Meadows. He introduced the bill Feb. 19. A similar bill he introduced in the last session of Congress did not pass. “Over the last several months it has become far too obvious that the type of behavior that was first highlighted at the EPA has been discovered over and over again, across a host of agencies. To ignore this issue would not only condone an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars, but also embrace an unhealthy workplace. Today’s action should send a clear message that it is time for zero tolerance of this kind of behavior,” the author of the bill said motivating his initiative.