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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes WOTUS

Posted by on January 13, 2016 | comments
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Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted to disapprove EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule (WOTUS). 

“Time and time again, this administration has used the regulatory process to increase the federal government’s authority, bypass Congressional intent, and trample on states’ rights,” Bridenstine said. “WOTUS amounts to a land grab by the Environmental Protection Agency.”

Under this proposed rule, self-contained ponds, wetlands, and ditches would be considered “navigable waters,” and thus subject to EPA regulation.

“This rule goes far beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act,” Bridenstine added. “It works against the interests of farmers, energy producers, and land owners across this country.

“Unfortunately, today’s vote will not prevent the EPA from enforcing the WOTUS rule. Even though the Senate and House have both passed this resolution, President Obama will veto it. Our opportunity to stop WOTUS was through the appropriations process. The House included a provision defunding implementation of WOTUS in the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Act.

“But House Republicans failed to fight to keep this provision in the Omnibus -- yet another example of Congressional capitulation. In fact, Nancy Pelosi highlighted this omission as a reason for Democrats to support the 2,000 page Omnibus spending bill.”

Bridenstine concluded: “I am pleased the House expressed its disapproval of WOTUS, but today’s action was futile. The House must reassert its Constitutional authority, using the power of the purse to defund the Obama Administration’s bad policies and overreaching regulations. We surrendered that power for FY16 by using the Omnibus in place of the regular appropriations process.”
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