Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after signing on as an original cosponsor of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. This bipartisan legislation would require the Obama Administration to withdraw the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule – a rule that significantly expands the federal government’s power to regulate the nation’s water. Rep. Walters joined U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and other Members of Congress in introducing H.R. 1732 yesterday before the U.S. House.
“When the federal government is attempting to regulate our nation’s puddles, streams, and ditches – we know there is something terribly wrong,” said Rep. Mimi Walters. “The Obama Administration’s proposed rule would redefine the ‘waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act, so that the federal government’s power to regulate our nation’s waters and adjacent lands would be significantly increased. This means the federal government would have the authority to dictate the agricultural practices and land-use decisions of our nation’s home builders, water districts, counties, as well as farmers and ranchers - which could in turn affect businesses’ ability to remain competitive and profitable. The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act seeks to provide safeguards against government overregulation and restore decision-making authority to officials at the state and local levels.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.