AG Pruitt Endorses Bush, Says He Would Start to Undo WOTUS Day One in the White HouseTue, 29 Sep 2015 20:48:09 CDT
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has announced his endorsement for Governor Jeb Bush in his quest to become the GOP nominee for the Presidency of the United States. Pruitt said they found common ground over federalism and the need to give power back to the states. This has become a core message for the Bush Campaign, in desiring a balanced relationship between the federal and state governments, a need to make sure Washington is not the center of the universe and is not so consequential in our day-to-day lives.
In receiving his endorsement, Pruitt has also gained a leadership role in the Bush campaign. Pruitt has been appointed to lead an effort nationally in restoring that proper balance between the federal and state governments. Pruitt will likely recruit other Republican attorney generals to join the coalition. Pruitt said Bush is committed to disempowering Washington D.C. and giving power away. Pruitt said Bush has recognized the federal government needs to be more limited in the power and reach of the office and respect the role of the states.
The task force has been united in fighting back against the federal government. Over the last six years, Pruitt and other AG’s have fought the Obama Administration over government overreach through healthcare, banking, energy, immigration and property rights. Many states are suing the federal government over the Environmental Protection Agency's ‘Waters of the U.S.’ regulation. An injunction has been entered for 13 states that are involved in a lawsuit in North Dakota, while the other 37 states, including Oklahoma remain in uncertainty, as the regulation is implemented. With coalitions of states filing litigation, Pruitt said those actions will likely be consolidated in a proceeding in Washington D.C. At that hearing, he said they will ask the judge to extend the North Dakota order to stop the enforcement of the rule, while the case is pending. Pruitt said WOTUS is the most egregious and most far reaching rule from EPA.
“It literally submits decision-making that we have in respect to how we use our own land, to a first stop at the EPA, as far as getting permit authority to our own land,” Pruitt said. “It is quite breath taking the impact it will have on our economy and on our use of private property, and so we’ve got to fight this, preferably we will get an injunction to prevent the implementation of it, because we need it as a country.”
Pruitt is hopeful the WOTUS litigation will continue through the remainder of the Obama term. He said then we can get a President Bush in office, that will undo the rule. In by-passing Congress through executive order, Pruitt said the next President can reverse the actions, just as quickly.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed AG Scott Pruitt. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.
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