Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 27, which would nullify the revised waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Biden administration.
Mandy Gunasekara, senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Voice, released the following statement:
“The Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is an egregious intrusion on private property rights. Independent Women’s Voice applauds the new Republican majority’s efforts to curb this bureaucratic overreach through House Joint Resolution 27. The revised WOTUS rule on jurisdictional waters (“navigable waters”) is too broadly defined and will be misused by the US EPA to go after landowners. As we’ve seen under the Obama administration, puddles and ponds will be deemed navigable waters subject to onerous federal regulation that strays away from the law. If this revised definition holds, it will invite further infringements on property rights and foment distrust between Washington and important conservation stakeholders, including our ranchers and farmers.”