Gibbs Applauds President’s WOTUS Executive Order

February 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - This afternoon, Congressman Bob Gibbs joined President Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for the signing of an executive order mandating the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule be rescinded.

“I was honored to attend today’s signing of the Executive Order directing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to stop the WOTUS Rule,” said Gibbs. “When the EPA wrote this flawed regulation, they ignored key comments from the Army Corps, expanded their jurisdiction against the instructions from previous court decisions, and broke the law in promoting the rule on social media. We can protect the environment, encourage economic growth, and safeguard private property rights without unnecessarily expanding federal jurisdiction and stopping the WOTUS rule is the first step in achieving those three objectives.”

Gibbs continued, “Last year, I urged President Trump to take action on WOTUS. Today, he is fulfilling a promise he made and making good on his pledge to reduce and reform regulations that are hurting everyday Americans. As I said yesterday, farmers in Ohio and across the nation cannot afford more costly and burdensome regulations from a Washington bureaucracy that thinks it knows best.”

Congressman Gibbs has been on the front lines of the fight to stop EPA’s power grab.  Last November, Gibbs and Senator Inhofe lead an amicus brief in support of the 31 states filing a lawsuit against EPA.

Gibbs also joined Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster in passing the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act in 2015 to force the EPA to stop the rulemaking process, go back to the drawing board to craft a responsible rule with input from state, local, and private sector stakeholders.

Just last night, Congressman Gibbs introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House that the 2015 WOTUS rule should be rescinded.