WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement following passage of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which requires the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule within 30 years and reaffirms the federal and state partnership to protect water resources.
“Allowing the current administration to continue with WOTUS would have serious consequences for our economy, threaten jobs, and significantly restrict the ability of farmers and landowners to make decisions about their property. This is commonsense legislation to protect our Hoosier farmers from excessive government overreach and prevent the EPA from regulating an industry outside their jurisdiction and end their abuse of power once and for all.”
Congress enacted the Clean Water Act in 1972 to establish a federal-state partnership to protect our nation’s waterways.
Despite the partnership established under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the limits to federal authority, the Obama administration has decided to increase the federal government’s scope of federal jurisdiction under the CWA.
H.R. 1732 addresses concerns with a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) last year to redefine the “waters of the U.S.” definition under the Clean Water Act (CWA).