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ICYMI: Graves and Rouzer Lead GOP Effort to Send Resolution to Overturn WOTUS Rule to Biden’s Desk

Washington, D.C., March 31, 2023 | Justin Harclerode (202) 225-9446
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On Thursday, March 30, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (R-NC), and other Committee Members joined Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for a bill signing ceremony for a resolution to overturn the Biden Administration’s flawed, costly, and burdensome “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. If implemented, the Biden WOTUS rule would lead to a sweeping expansion of the federal government’s authority to regulate what is considered a navigable water, with enormous impacts on small businesses, manufacturers, farmers, home and infrastructure builders, local communities, water districts, and private property owners.

(Joining Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy for the bill signing were Chairman Graves, Chairman Rouzer, and T&I Committee Members Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Derrick Van Orden, Scott Perry, and Brandon Williams, as well as other Members of the House)

Chairmen Graves and Rouzer introduced the resolution in the House of Representatives, and it was approved with bipartisan support on March 9th. Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led the effort in the Senate where the resolution also passed in bipartisan fashion on March 29th. It now awaits President Biden’s signature.

“Americans continue to suffer under the economic crises caused by the disastrous policies of the Biden Administration,” said Graves. “From their anti-energy agenda to the incredibly intrusive federal overreach of their proposed WOTUS rule, the Administration is doing everything in its power to impose more red tape and more costs on our businesses, farmers, builders, and communities. The measure to overturn the Biden WOTUS rule, now approved by both the Senate and the House, is a clear message from Congress that enough is enough, and I appreciate Senator Capito’s leadership in ensuring that this resolution will now be sent to President Biden’s desk.”

“I applaud the Senate for passing our commonsense legislation to rescind the Biden Administration’s flawed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The Administration’s new rule is a nuclear warhead aimed squarely at our farm families, small businesses, homebuilders, every property owner, and entire communities because of its overreaching definition. It will only create additional confusion and uncertainty – further harming our already struggling economy,” said Rouzer. “Today, Congress sent a bipartisan message that we oppose this unnecessary rule handed down by the Executive Branch. I urge President Biden to reverse course and join us in this effort to protect Americans from these burdensome regulations.”

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