President Trump Reverses Waters Of The U.S. Rule
An Executive Order issued earlier this month by President Trump will wash away one of the most unconstitutional regulations unilaterally implemented by the Obama Administration: Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)
Dismantling WOTUS sends a clear signal to the entire country that no one, not the President or any federal bureaucrat can disregard the Rule of Law and our Constitution.
Countless farmers, ranchers, small businesses and water users throughout the country can rest easy knowing that this job-killing, federal water-grab is sunk. I am extremely proud to have led the fight over the past three years to protect the water rights of hard-working Americans.
The EPA’s so-called “Waters of the United States” rule is one of the worst examples of federal regulation, and it has truly run amok, and is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land. It’s prohibiting them from being allowed to do what they’re supposed to be doing. It’s been a disaster.
The Clean Water Act says that the EPA can regulate “navigable waters” — meaning waters that truly affect interstate commerce. But a few years ago, the EPA decided that “navigable waters” can mean nearly every puddle or every ditch on a farmer’s land, or anyplace else that they decide. It was a massive power grab. The EPA’s regulators were putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands, and regulations and permits started treating our wonderful small farmers and small businesses as if they were a major industrial polluter.
In one case in a Wyoming, a rancher was fined $37,000 a day by the EPA for digging a small watering hole for his cattle on his land! These abuses were, and are, why such incredible opposition to this rule from the hundreds of organizations took place in all 50 states.