Gibbs Statement on Oversight Committee’s WOTUS Rule Report

October 27, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – After the release of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s (OGR) report on the Politicization of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rulemaking, Congressman Bob Gibbs, Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, made the following statement:

“I thank Chairman Chaffetz for detailing his findings in today’s report. It only serves to reinforce the facts that I and my subcommittee have uncovered over the last several years.  This is a flawed rule at its premise. The EPA ignored the Army Corps’ advice, attempted to impede the private property rights of American citizens, and broke the law in promoting the rule. If the WOTUS rule is implemented, it actually has the potential to roll back the gains we’ve made in protecting water quality.

“Congress has voted to stop WOTUS, a majority of states have sued to stop the rule, and grassroots and business advocacy groups have spoken up in opposition. Their actions exemplify the reason Americans are fed up with Washington.  I will continue to fight the EPA’s overreach and protect the rights of farmers, ranchers, and property rights advocates.”

Congressman Gibbs has been leading the efforts to prevent the WOTUS rule, including championing the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, multiple subcommittee hearings, and a demand for an investigation into allegations that the EPA broke the law in promoting their agenda.