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Graves and Rouzer Call for Biden Administration to Halt WOTUS Rulemaking While Supreme Court Considers Case

Washington, D.C., January 24, 2022 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446
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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member David Rouzer (R-NC) released the following joint statement regarding the Supreme Court of the United States’ announcement that it will consider a case focused on the scope of the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS):

“We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case involving the scope of ‘waters of the United States’ and the opportunity it presents to provide certainty to the communities and stakeholders who have to live and work under this rule.  Given this significant development, the Biden administration should immediately cease its efforts to issue a new WOTUS definition rule that will greatly broaden the federal government’s jurisdiction over privately owned land and add layers of red tape for farmers, builders, small businesses, local governments, and many Americans.”

Graves and Rouzer also recently wrote to the heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to request an extension of at least 90 days to the current public comment period for the administration’s rulemaking.

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