Westerman Votes to Halt EPA's Overreach

May 12, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON -- Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement Monday (May 12) after voting for H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015:

“Passage of this legislation is a major check on the EPA and Corps of Engineers’ attempt to regulate almost all waters of the United States (WOTUS), whether or not they impact the quality of a navigable waterway. These agencies received thousands of comments in opposition to their water grab, but chose to ignore them. It is my hope that the Senate follows our lead in the House, and forces the Administration to withdraw the existing WOTUS proposed rule, which 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 these agencies’ attempts to regulate beyond their legal authority.”

The bill was introduced in response to a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which would have significantly broadened the federal government's power to regulate waters and adjacent lands.