The Next Big Thing in Big Government: EPA’s Proposed Water Grab

From the administration that brought you Obamacare, Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, the VA scandal, Executive Amnesty, Solyndra and the roll-out comes President Obama’s next big government overreach to control how YOU live your life. Introducing the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule:

In March of last year, under the direction of the president, the EPA along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule that would unilaterally expand its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to include nearly all areas with even the slightest of connections to water resources, including ditches, puddles and even private lakes and ponds. This means that millions of home owners, small businesses and farmers who have been following the law for decades would now have their entire operations held subservient to the ideological whims of federal bureaucrats.

In my home state of Arizona, I heard from countless witnesses at a field hearing who testified against the WOTUS rule including Stefanie Smallhouse, representing the of the Arizona Farm Bureau:

“The newly proposed WOTUS rule would be devastating to my family’s farming operation, as well as hundreds of others in agriculture in Arizona…This rule is an economic disaster, and a dream killer for my kids. There is no way a family farm such as ours would be able to withstand the hefty fines which would be enforced as a result of this rule.”

The EPA did not consult with any of these stakeholders impacted by this overreaching regulation before offering such a sweeping proposal. Furthermore, the WOTUS rule would directly contradict prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions which imposed limits on the extent of federal CWA authority. Even the academic community is against this rule. According to a report by economist and University of California-Berkley faculty member Dr. David Sundling, the WOTUS rule is rife with errors and lacks transparency. Dr. Sundling concluded that the miscalculations in the EPA’s analysis are so extensive that it should be rendered useless for determining the true costs of this proposed rule.

Americans have made it clear that they can’t afford more economic hurdles and thieveries of precious water supplies from an overzealous, unaccountable federal government operating in hyper mode. That is why the House is acting this week by voting on the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act which would prevent this blatant federal overreach. This bill scraps the WOTUS rule and puts states, local governments and private water rights holders back in the driver’s seat for managing our water. Republicans know that growing an opportunity economy means empowering individuals to control their own lives… Because when it comes to controlling YOUR life, this administration has proven that it does NOT know best.

— Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)

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