Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding his continued opposition to the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
“The EPA’s WOTUS rules are bureaucratic hogwash that will make it harder for Nebraskans to feed the world,” said Sasse. “No one cares more about stewarding our land and protecting our water than Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. Congressman Smith has been a strong voice for agriculture by leading the common-sense opposition to WOTUS in the House, and I’m proud to join similar efforts in the Senate. I’ll continue to do everything I can to fight this terrible rule. Nebraskans deserve nothing less.”
Sasse, an advocate of an all-of-the-above strategy to fight for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers, is an original cosponsor of two legislative efforts to stop the EPA.
Senator Sasse joined 46 others, led by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), in supporting a resolution disapproving the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Waters of the U.S. rule. This legislation closely follows a House resolution authored by Nebraska Congressman Adrian Smith.
Earlier this year, Sasse cosponsored The Federal Water Quality Protection Act, S. 1140, authored by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY). This legislation would nullify WOTUS and send EPA back to the drawing board to rewrite the rule.
In March, Nebraska’s Senior Senator Deb Fischer held a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing in Lincoln on WOTUS’ impact to the agriculture community, homebuilders, and state and local governments.
In May, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers released the final Waters of the United States rule under the Clean Water Act. The rule would dramatically expand federal authority and with it EPA’s power to levy fines and require additional permits and reporting.
In August, a federal judge temporarily blocked the rule in 13 states, including Nebraska.