Western Caucus Members Issue Statements On The Biden Administration’s Revised WOTUS Rule
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Western Caucus Members released the following statements in response to the Biden Administration’s revised Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
“Rural America celebrated the Sackett decision in May, which forced EPA and Army Corps to amend their WOTUS rule and rein in their blatant overreach,” said Chairman Dan Newhouse (WA-04). “Unfortunately, this final rule skips the crucial step of public input from farmers, ranchers, and industry stakeholders who are forced to comply without their voices being heard. Our constituents deserve regulatory certainty and safeguards from federal government regulations dictating how they use their land. The Western Caucus will continue to be the voice for Rural America to ensure their concerns are heard throughout the implementation of this amended final rule.”
“Despite the Supreme Court’s Sackett v. EPA decision that the Biden Administration’s previous WOTUS definition was illegal and constituted regulatory overreach, the EPA today released a revised WOTUS rule largely disregarding the Sackett decision,” said Vice Chair Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-01). “EPA not only failed to respond to fundamental aspects of Sackett, but it also created additional confusion for the American public. This has been the modus operandi of the Biden administration even after the courts have ruled against them. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Western Caucus to support our farmers, ranchers, landowners, and businesses as EPA continues to overstep its authority and cause confusion on WOTUS.”
“The Supreme Court’s ruling in Sackett was a decisive win for America’s farmers, small businesses, property owners, and those who build our infrastructure. We said from the very beginning that the Biden Administration should have waited on Sackett, knowing how much of an impact the decision could have on their costly, burdensome, and overreaching WOTUS rule. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration’s revised rule barely pays lip service to the Sackett decision. The Court was clear that Clean Water Act overreach is illegal. The Administration is now trying to make Sackett fit with a rule that never should have been issued in the first place. This revised rule ignores fundamental concerns laid out in Sackett and is a missed opportunity to finally end longstanding confusion over what constitutes a WOTUS,” said Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07), Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, alongside T&I Committee Chairman, Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06).
On May 25, 2023, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Biden Administration’s WOTUS rule in Sackett v. EPA, limiting the scope of definition of “waters of the United States.” This forced the Biden Administration to amend their final rule from December 2022 to comply with the decision.
The Congressional Western Caucus has long been active in fighting against the burdensome WOTUS ruling, their actions include: