Ernst Calls for Rollback of Obama-era WOTUS Rule to Be Codified Into Law

A news release yesterday from Sen. Joni Ernst (R, Iowa) stated that, “[Sen. Ernst] introduced legislation to codify into law the Trump Administration’s rollback of the Obama-era ‘Waters of the United States,’ or ‘WOTUS,’ rule.

“‘The Obama-era WOTUS rule threatened Iowa’s farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses by giving the federal government authority to regulate water on 97 percent of land in our state,’ said Senator Joni Ernst. ‘President Trump and his administration have taken tremendous steps to roll back this overreaching regulation and provide for more certainty with a new, clearer definition of WOTUS. But it’s the job of Congress to make a new, reasonable definition permanent, and that’s what this bill does—it ensures more predictability and workability for Iowans for years to come.’

“In late 2018, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule to replace the Obama Administration’s 2015 WOTUS rule. The Define WOTUS Act would codify a definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ and reassert Congressional responsibility to define this important term. The definition in the Define WOTUS Act also makes substantial improvements over various administrative attempts to define the term by clearly outlining what is, and is not, a federally regulated waterway.”

The release added that, “Senator Ernst introduced the bill with Senator Mike Braun (R, Ind.).”

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