Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to Stop EPA Regulatory Overreach
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, the House passed HR 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. This bill requires the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule that would have radically expanded federal regulation over bodies of water in the United States. The bill also charges them with proposing a new rule and instructs the agencies to work with state and local governments and other stakeholders who could be impacted directly or indirectly. The legislation seeks to direct the agencies toward a new regulatory proposal that takes into account geography, hydrology, and legal considerations and provides clear jurisdictional scope through a transparent public process.
“This proposed rule from the EPA and Army Corps would dramatically and inappropriately expand the federal government’s authority,” said Congressman Bridenstine. “By passing this legislation, the House of Representatives listened to public stakeholders, even if the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) did not.” EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers received over 1 million comments on the proposed rule.
Congressman Bridenstine: “It is clear by the public response that this rule would have very negative consequences on many aspects of Americans’ lives. It is high time Congress reasserts its authority and puts a stop to regulatory overreach.”
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