Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after President Trump today took a step towards permanently eliminating the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. Trump instructed federal authorities to review and work towards repealing WOTUS, which gave the EPA the authority to regulate small bodies of water on private lands.
“One of the most outrageous regulations to come from the Obama Administration was its Waters of the U.S. rule,” Rep. Graves said. “It allowed federal bureaucrats to take control of small bodies of water on our family farms and private property, and it was written without input from anyone in rural America. I am thrilled to see the White House today push back against this assault on private property, and begin bringing common sense back to the EPA.”
Since WOTUS was finalized by the Obama EPA in 2015, Graves has drafted and voted for several pieces of legislation designed to repeal the rule. Today’s executive action is a significant step towards accomplishing that goal.