Rep Gibbs: Obama-ERA WOTUS Repeal Welcome Relief

September 13, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - After the announcement from the U.S. EPA of the final repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, Congressman Gibbs released the following statement:

“The EPA’s announcement of the final repeal of the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States Rule is welcome relief for our nation’s farmers, ranchers, homebuilders, and homeowners. The previous rule raised serious concerns about the expansion of federal power over private property rights. The rule was also clouded by the EPA’s public promotion campaign that violated federal law. I have been fighting tooth and nail to repeal the 2015 WOTUS rule since it was first proposed. The next WOTUS rule must maintain the important balance between private property rights and environmental protection. I look forward to working with EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to preserve the federal-state partnership in enforcing the Clean Water Act.”


Gibbs introduced legislation to fully repeal the 2015 WOTUS Rule in 2018.

In November 2016, Gibbs led an amicus brief filing with the US Sixth Circuit Court in support of the lawsuit filed by 31 states arguing the 2015 WOTUS Rule expands federal jurisdiction beyond the restraints set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gibbs also passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act in May 2015 that required the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the then-proposed rule within 30 days.