House Passes Gibbs’ Bill to Rein in EPA and Restore Balanced Federal-State Regulatory Partnership

July 14, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that reverses the erosion of states’ authority under a long-established partnership with the federal government to regulate the nation’s water quality.  H.R. 2018, the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011,” is bipartisan legislation sponsored byRep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Chairman of the Water Resources Subcommittee, as well as Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) and Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall (D-WV).

“With unemployment at 9.2%, we cannot allow the EPA to continue creating uncertainty that hampers job creation byinterfering and second guessing decisions made by states’ federally approved permitting programs,” Gibbs said.  “Their overreaching burdensome regulatory regime destroys jobs and strangles economic growth.”

While managing the floor during the debate on HR 2018, Gibbs pointed out,“This is really a jobs bill.  We are trying to relieve uncertainty.  We have sent several bills to the Senate that are jobs bills, including my bill HR 872, and I urge them to take them up because we need to create an environment for job growth.  I am pleased that the House has approved this important legislationas it will provide businesses with the confidence and certainty they need to create jobs.”

“H.R. 2018 removes one of the biggest stumbling blocks to American job creation – the EPA’s ability to coerce and undermine state permitting programs,” Gibbs said.  “This legislation reins in the EPA from imposing one-size-fits-all regulations on the states, preserves the states’ role in their partnership with the federal EPA, and restores their responsibilities to ensure that clean water goals are met.  While America is experiencing a severe deficit of jobs and economic stability, this improved cooperation will provide businesses with the confidence they need to create jobs.”

For more information on HR 2018, click here.