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Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today voted in favor of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This legislation would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing a rule which would expand federal authority to include virtually all water flows, including on private land. The agencies are once again attempting to broaden their regulatory authority without Congressional consent.
“This attempt to regulate all waters in the U.S. is not only a clear overreach of authority, but also an additional burden to Nebraska landowners, local officials, and water managers,” said Congressman Smith. “The legislation passed today by the House is an important step to prevent the Waters of the US rule from moving forward, require federal entities to consult state and local authorities, and rein in yet another abuse by the federal government.”
The bill passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Smith previously joined with 230 of his colleagues in writing to the EPA opposed to the rule as part of his Regulation Rewind program.