Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

Gibbs Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Army Corps v. Hawkes

May 31, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – After the release of a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in favor of landowners and private property rights, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for those fighting an expansive and burdensome bureaucracy.  In Army Corps v. Hawkes, the Supreme Court gave farmers, ranchers, home-builders, and private property advocates much needed relief from bureaucratic red tape.  Americans have been forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars or more in permit applications before they can challenge the Army Corps in court on a Waters of the United States determination.  By giving “approved Jurisdictional Determinations” the same legal weight as “final agency actions”, the Supreme Court provided clarity on a contentious issue.  Hardworking Americans should have the ability to challenge Army Corps decisions without being forced to go through a significant permitting process.  I thank the Supreme Court for this commonsense decision.”

A copy of the Supreme Court brief can be found here.

Congressman Gibbs also addressed the Hawkes case in an op-ed at Townhall.com.

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