LaMalfa leads Western Caucus in urging the EPA, Army Corps to rescind new WOTUS rule

Today, Western Caucus Vice Chair Congressman Doug LaMalfa led his Western Caucus colleagues in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps urging them to rescind the Biden Administration’s new Waters of the United States rule and postpone any subsequent agency action on WOTUS to allow the Supreme Court to first issue an opinion on Sackett v EPA.

“It is absurd that the EPA and Army Corps would sneak in such a consequential rule over the holidays on the last working day of the year,” LaMalfa said. “This rule carries significant weight and gives the federal government the power to regulate virtually any private property in the country as they would interpret a puddle into their jurisdiction. They know this rule won’t improve anything; it will make it much harder to do anything from growing food to build or manufacture what people need. We are fiercely fighting to stop this ridiculous rule yet again.”

The 196 Members who signed the letter are: Reps. Aderholt, Alford, Allen, Amodei, Armstrong, Arrington, Babin, Bacon, Baird, Balderson, Banks, Barr, Bean, Bentz, Bergman, Bice, Biggs, Bilirakis, Bishop (NC), Boebert, Bost, Buck, Bucshon, Burchett, Burgess, Burlison, Calvert, Cammack, Carey, Carl, Carter (GA), Chavez-DeRemer, Ciscomani, Cline, Cloud, Clyde, Cole, Collins (GA), Comer, Crane, Crawford, Crenshaw, Curtis, D’Esposito, Davidson, De La Cruz, DesJarlais, Diaz-Balart, Donalds, Duarte, Duncan, Edwards, Ellzey, Emmer, Estes, Ezell, Fallon, Feenstra, Ferguson, Finstad, Fischbach, Fitzgerald, Fleischmann, Flood, Foxx, Franklin, Fry, Fulcher, Gaetz, Garcia, Gonzales, González-Colón, Gooden, Granger, Graves (LA), Graves (MO), Green (TN), Griffith, Grothman, Guest, Guthrie, Hageman, Harshbarger, Hern, Higgins, Hill, Hinson, Houchin, Hudson, Huizenga, Hunt, Issa, Jackson (TX), Johnson (LA), Johnson (OH), Johnson (SD), Jordan, Joyce (OH), Joyce (PA), Kelly (MS), Kelly (PA), Kiggans, Kiley, Kim, Kustoff, LaHood, LaMalfa, Lamborn, Langworthy, Latta, LaTurner, Lee, Lesko, Letlow, Loudermilk, Lucas, Luetkemeyer, Mace, Mann, McCaul, McClain, McClintock, McMorris Rodgers, Meuser, Miller (IL), Miller (OH), Miller (WV), Mills, Miller-Meeks, Molinaro, Moolenaar, Mooney, Moore (AL), Moore (UT), Moran, Moylan, Murphy, Nehls, Newhouse, Norman, Nunn, Obernolte, Ogles, Owens, Palmer, Pence, Perry, Pfluger, Posey, Radewagen, Reschenthaler, Rogers (AL), Rogers (KY), Rose, Rosendale, Rouzer, Rutherford, Salazar, Santos, Schweikert, Scott, Self, Sessions, Simpson, Smith (MO), Smith (NE), Smucker, Stauber, Steel, Stefanik, Steil, Steube, Stewart, Strong, Tenney, Thompson (PA), Tiffany, Timmons, Turner, Valadao, Van Drew, Van Duyne, Van Orden, Wagner, Walberg, Waltz, Weber, Webster, Wenstrup, Westerman, Williams (NY), Williams (TX), Wittman, Womack, Yakym, and Zinke.

The letter is supported by the Waters Advocacy Coalition (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forest and Paper Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, American Soybean Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Essential Minerals Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Federation of Independent Business, National Mining Association, National Stone Sand and Gravel Association, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE), Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association and The Fertilizer Institute).