May 27, 2015
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its finalized Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“The EPA’s rule represents an unprecedented power grab by the Obama Administration that will hurt farm families, job creation, home construction, roads, and energy development in Missouri and nationwide. The Administration has no business regulating puddles, ditches, and ponds across the country. I’m working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to block the EPA’s massive takeover of private and state waters, and I’ll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the Obama Administration’s blatant overreach into their private lives and property.”
On April 30, 2015, Blunt and his colleagues introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. The bipartisan legislation will ensure the protection of traditional navigable waters of the United States. It also protects farmers, ranchers and private landowners by removing isolated ponds, ditches, agriculture water, storm water, groundwater, floodwater, municipal water supply systems, wastewater management systems, and streams from the list of water impacted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule.
Blunt has a long record of fighting the Obama Administration’s proposed WOTUS rule. In June 2014, Blunt joined U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Wyo.) and their colleagues to introduce the Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014, legislation that would prevent the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their March 2014 proposed rule. In March 2015, Blunt also co-sponsored an amendment that was added to the FY2016 Senate budget to stop the Obama Administration from taking over all waters in the U.S.