Waters of the United Statesby Representative Martha Roby
Posted on 2016-01-12
ROBY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. ROBY. Mr. Speaker, this week we are again taking important and
long-awaited action on behalf of farmers, foresters, and anyone who
owns land by sending to the President's desk a joint resolution ending
the aggressive overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency into
S.J. Res. 22 is a joint resolution with the U.S. Senate to end the EPA's ridiculous waters of the United States rule seeking to expand the definition of ``navigable waters'' to include puddles, ditches, and other small bodies of water, making them subject to inspection.
Of course, we all want to ensure that rules are followed to keep our waters clean, but making puddles and ditches subject to inspection just to expand the reach of Federal regulators has nothing to do with clean water.
Mr. Speaker, you might recall that the House voted to put a stop to the waters of the U.S. rule last year, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a nationwide stay on the rule. However, this joint resolution is the measure we needed to finally send this bill to the President and put the responsibility for this harmful rule on him.
I will continue to fight against this radical environmental agenda being forced on Americans by this administration through executive overreach. The Congress is right to take steps to stop it.