Congressman Tim Huelskamp

Representing the 1st District of Kansas

House Passes Huelskamp Supported bill to protect from EPA Overreach

Jul 11, 2014
Press Release

Last night, the House of Representatives passed its annual Energy & Water appropriations bill by a vote of 253 to 170 with Congressman Huelskamp’s support. The bill included a provision that Congressman Huelskamp requested to stop attempts by the EPA and Corps of Engineers to re-write the Clean Water Act. It was a response to the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers proposal of a radical expansion of the terms ‘navigable waters’ and ‘waters of the United States’ earlier this spring.  Representative Huelskamp issued the following Statement:

“This attempt at a 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 Washington 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. Last night’s passage shows the importance my colleagues and I see in protecting the private property rights of farmers and ranchers. By using our constitutional authority through this power of the purse, we can rein in out-of-control bureaucrats in Obama’s EPA and any other federal agency.”