WASHINGTON, DC – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) issued the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which prevents the implementation of unnecessary Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations that hurt the American economy. The bill directs the EPA to issue a new rule based on input from the public, states, and stakeholders and consistent with Supreme Court precedent.
“Yet again, the EPA has unnecessarily attempted to control drainage ditches, farm ponds, and even seasonally wet areas – a move that would only have a detrimental effect on hardworking American families. Today, I voted to rein in the Administration’s flawed Waters of the United Sates (WOTUS) proposed rule, so American farmers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs have the ability to grow our economy from the bottom up. I applaud the work of Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) for his leadership in holding the EPA accountable so all Americans are given the opportunity to succeed. This commonsense legislation plays an important role in protecting our state and local governments, and puts the decisions of our nation’s waters back in the hands of those who know best.”