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Westerman Comments On WOTUS Ruling

October 9, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman issued the following statement after the Courth of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule nationwide:

“Today’s ruling to halt the Waters of the U.S. rule is another step in the long process to stop one of the Obama administration’s many overreaches,” Westerman said. “This ruling shows how the WOTUS rule was unlawful and unfair to the citizens of Arkansas and the other states impacted by this overreaching rule. I commend Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for joining the lawsuit that resulted in the initial injunction, which protected Arkansas and 12 other states back in August. I look forward to a final ruling on WOTUS that respects our constitutional separation of powers."

On May 12, the House passed H.R. 1732 – the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. The bill would require the EPA to eliminate the WOTUS rule in its current form. Westerman voted for this bill.