Since the EPA announced their Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, it has come under criticism from Congress, from state attorneys general, and from agriculture and property rights advocates. Just this week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report on the deficiencies and political motivations behind the way the EPA proposed this rule.
You can read the report here.
You can read my reaction to the news below:
- “I thank Chairman Chaffetz for detailing his findings in today’s report. It only serves to reinforce the facts that I and my subcommittee have uncovered over the last several years. This is a flawed rule at its premise. The EPA ignored the Army Corps’ advice, attempted to impede the private property rights of American citizens, and broke the law in promoting the rule. If the WOTUS rule is implemented, it actually has the potential to roll back the gains we’ve made in protecting water quality.
- “Congress has voted to stop WOTUS, a majority of states have sued to stop the rule, and grassroots and business advocacy groups have spoken up in opposition. Their actions exemplify the reason Americans are fed up with Washington. I will continue to fight the EPA’s overreach and protect the rights of farmers, ranchers, and property rights advocates.”
Not the First Time I Questioned the EPA on Wotus
- This past February, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testified in front of the House Agriculture Committee. I made sure Administrator McCarthy understood my displeasure with the EPA's actions in not only ignoring the Army Corps' input on the WOTUS rule but also the EPA's illegal actions in promoting the rule. Check out the video of the hearing by clicking the image below:
A Better Way for Regulatory Reform
- We don't have to settle for the status quo. House Republicans have put together a plan called a Better Way. In it, there are 101 ideas on how to grow our economy. I always say that we cannot tax and spend our way to prosperity. We have to get government out of the way, giving all Americans the opportunity to rise to their abilities. Government regulations shouldn't be hurting your family, taxpayer dollars shouldn't be used for bailouts, and our national energy policies should encourage the responsible development our of own national resources. You can read more about our Better Way plan for the economy by clicking the image below;