Rep Gibbs Statement on WOTUS Rule Withdrawal
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Gibbs issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“I applaud Administrator Pruitt’s announcement to withdraw the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule, which expanded federal authority at the expense of the states, and eroded private property rights. The EPA should not treat farmers, ranchers, homebuilders, local government, or state environmental agencies as adversaries but rather collaborate in drafting a new WOTUS rule. American farmers who feed the world are among those most concerned with protecting our environment. The next WOTUS rule should take their opinions and concerns into account and I look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt to craft a reasonable rule that protects the environment and private property rights at the same time.”
Congressman Gibbs has been on the front lines of the fight to stop EPA’s power grab. In February, Congressman Gibbs introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House that the 2015 WOTUS rule should be rescinded.
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.