Republican presidential contender and tea party heroine Rep. Michele Bachmann used Monday night’s GOP debate as a platform to argue against what she criticized as the “job-killing” Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Minnesota Republican invoked the tea party pillar of limited government in support of the “mother of all repeal bills.”

“And I would begin with the EPA, because there is no other agency like the EPA. It should really be renamed the job-killing organization of American,” she said.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and GOP contender echoed Bachmann’s sentiments, arguing for the replacement of the EPA with an “environmental solutions agency.”

The EPA, started under President Richard Nixon, has been a subject of contention for many years among Republicans.

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