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Westerman Statement on S.J. Res. 22

January 13, 2016
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement after voting Wednesday (Jan. 13) for S.J. Res. 22, a bill that provides for congressional disapproval of the Waters of the United States rule:

“Disapproval of the WOTUS rule is a major check on the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to regulate almost all waters of the United States, whether or not they impact the quality of a navigable waterway,” Westerman said. “The EPA received thousands of comments in opposition to their water grab, but not only did they ignore them, they illegally used social media to skew the comments in favor of their rules. I am pleased to see a bill pass both the House and Senate that forces the Administration to withdraw the existing WOTUS proposed rule, a rule that infringes on private property rights and will have a negative impact on farmers, ranchers, and other job creators. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find a creative solution that permanently reins in the EPA’s attempts to regulate beyond their legal authority.”