Susan Carleson

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by the ACRU Legal Team.

Just in case anyone needs any more surprises – liberal hypocrisy has again been unearthed in – of all places – Washington D.C.!

Last August, the Army Corps of Engineers denied the District of Columbia a permit as part of a $1.5- billion Southwest Waterfront redevelopment project to begin constructing high-rise, luxury townhouses, a yacht club and other buildings on piers in and on the Washington Channel – a congressionally-designated navigable water of the United States.

The Corps stated that under existing law, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), it was required “to regulate construction activities and discharges of dredged and/or fill material in navigable waters.”

Based on its CWA concerns and adverse impact on marine navigation, the Corps stated that: “At this time, the Corps does not have the administrative authority to approve the project as proposed without specific Congressional action to dissolve the federal interest.”

Not to fear, Senate Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) quickly sailed to D.C.’s rescue. He reported H.R. 2297 (a bill originally sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-D.C.] in the House) out of his committee and amended it on the Senate floor without objection to remove the Corps’ authority over the Washington Channel. Like a shot, the Senate then passed the bill by voice vote and sent it back to the House as amended to rescue D.C.’s $1.5-billion project.

Interestingly, all of this occurred quietly on a single day, March 29, 2012 – just eight days after the Supreme Court released its opinion in Sackett v. EPA, a case epitomizing arrogant exertion of police power by federal bureaucrats against innocent American citizens. Here's what happened to the Sacketts – in contrast to how Congress is treating D.C.

Several years ago, Michael and Chantell Sackett purchased a half-acre lot in a built-out residential development near Priest Lake, Idaho to build a three-bedroom retirement home. Local authorities had zoned their lot for residential construction and provided a sewer hookup.

Susan Carleson

Susan A. Carleson, ACRU Chairman/CEO, began her career in public policy in 1981 as an advisor on health care financing policy during the Reagan transition and then as a senior advisor to the Greenspan Commission on Social Security Reform. She joined the staff of the House Republican Conference in 1982 and later served as Legislative Director for Jack Kemp. During the 2nd Reagan term, she was a Special Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary of Education and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs. From 2002 until 2006, she served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the Social Security Administration.

Following the passing of her husband Robert B. Carleson in 2006, she assumed the leadership and day-to-day management of the ACRU.