Congressman Tim Huelskamp

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

EPA to Drown Us with Water Rule House: Time to Ditch

Jul 9, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) took to the House Floor to voice support for defunding the ability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to enforce a proposed joint rule that would dramatically expand their control of water and properties across the U.S.  Representative Huelskamp released the following statement:

“The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a radical redefinition of the terms ‘navigable waters’ and ‘waters of the United States.’  By adopting this rule, these Washington's bureaucrats would dramatically expand their regulatory control.  This massive regulatory expansion -by the Obama Administration in tandem with its environmentalist allies - is an extreme threat, particularly to America's farmers and ranchers.

“This massive power grab would subject nearly all waters in the U.S. to EPA control, including those in road ditches, farm ponds, prairie potholes, swimming pools, water tanks, and rain puddles in Kansas and elsewhere.

“Only in Washington would bureaucrats try to define standing water in a ditch surrounded by prairie land (like that pictured above) as water capable of navigation.  It’s time for the Administration to Ditch the Rule, and until then this Congress should not allow the Administration to spend one penny to advance it.”

Representative Huelskamp has remained at the forefront of the fight against over-regulation issues throughout his time in Congress. He has introduced and supported numerous bills and defunding amendments to stop the Obama Administration from implementing many of their job-killing regulatory excesses and burdens.

Click here to view the Congressman’s Floor Speech