Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (CA-45) released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill would require the Obama Administration to withdraw the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule – a rule which significantly expands the federal government’s jurisdiction to regulate waters and adjacent lands. Rep. Walters is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 1732.
Said Rep. Mimi Walters, “The EPA’s proposed rule on our nation’s waters significantly expands the federal government’s jurisdiction over waters never intended for regulation, including: streams, ponds, puddles, and ditches. This flagrant power grab by the Obama Administration threatens American jobs, increases the cost of doing business, and heightens the likelihood of costly litigation. Worse yet, the Administration circumvented the regular rulemaking process and developed this proposal without first consulting states, local governments and determining its impact on private citizens and other stakeholders. Our bill, which passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House today with my support, would rein in the EPA’s burdensome regulatory overreach and require that a proper and transparent rulemaking process is followed in the future. I hope the Senate will act swiftly in passing this bipartisan, common-sense bill.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Judiciary Committees.