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Smith Statement on President's Veto of Resolution to Block WOTUS

January 20, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) released the following statement after President Obama vetoed the resolution passed by Congress to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the U.S. rule, known as WOTUS.

“It is not at all surprising the President chose to veto our resolution to block WOTUS given this administration’s legacy of governing through an endless flow of regulation,” Smith said. “We must continue to keep this issue at the forefront, as this rule is one of the largest abuses of executive power in modern history. 

“Immediately after the EPA finalized WOTUS, I introduced the resolution of disapproval in the House on behalf of all farmers, land owners, and local officials frustrated by the administration’s refusal to acknowledge their concerns. As the courts continue to closely examine this rule, I will not stop fighting on behalf of Nebraskans to prevent WOTUS from ever being implemented.”

Smith introduced H.J. Res. 59, the House resolution to disapprove WOTUS under the Congressional Review Act, in July 2015.  Last week, the House passed S.J. Res. 22, the Senate companion to Smith’s resolution.