Reject Epa’s Power Grab of the Waters of the United Statesby Representative Doug LaMalfa
Posted on 2016-01-12
LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, this week we will send a measure to the
President that rejects the EPA's waters of the United States power
grab, a measure that the Senate has already joined us in supporting.
The EPA's plan would grant it jurisdiction over fully 95 percent of my home State of California, allowing an unaccountable Federal agency to insert itself into land use decisions across the State. In my district, residents have experienced Federal actions so ludicrous that I can't make them up.
In Tehama County, a farmer was fined for planting wheat in a manner that the government claimed damaged navigable waters. Never mind that the farm has been listed as a wheat allotment by the USDA for decades.
In another instance, the government used the Clean Water Act to attack a family farm for shifting to more efficient irrigation systems, this during a drought in California. Imagine getting fined for saving water.
In both instances, the government sanctioned farmers for activities that are clearly exempt under the Clean Water Act.
In fact, language I sponsored to defund the regulation of exempt activities was signed into law in December; yet, the EPA persists in these illegal activities.
When Congress can't trust Federal agencies to use the authority they already have and when we can't trust them to follow clear congressional direction, how can we possibly consider granting them more power and more responsibility? ____________________