Inhofe Praises Trump Admin for Replacing WOTUS RuleThu, 17 Sep 2020 09:21:49 CDT
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, submitted a statement for the record for an EPW Committee hearing entitled, "Stakeholder Reactions: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule under the Clean Water Act."
"Mr. Chairman, thank you for hosting this hearing on the Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection Rule which, as you know, replaces the Obama administration's illegal Clean Water Rule. Since 2015, and as chairman of this Committee, I have led the charge against the Obama-era waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. I am deeply grateful to President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Wheeler for their steadfast leadership and commitment to rectifying this important regulatory issue. For years, I have spoken with countless Oklahomans about their strong concerns and objections to the Obama-era rule, and I am pleased that the Trump administration has taken action to provide a clear and lawful definition of waters of the United States.
It is not an overstatement to say that the Obama-era WOTUS rule was the greatest regulatory burden facing farmers and ranchers in my state and other states across America. For generations, farmers and ranchers have been dedicated stewards of their land and water, but the Obama-era rule placed unprecedented and expanded power into the hands of the federal government which severely hampered the work of farmers and ranchers everywhere.
Unfortunately, the previous administration believed that Washington bureaucrats were better equipped than Oklahomans to keep our land and water clean and preserved for future generations. They were wrong, and I am proud that, with President Trump, we finally have a president that has the back of our farmers and ranchers. I look forward to continuing my work in the Senate to support this administration's bold agenda which will ensure we produce a greater future for all of our children and grandchildren."
Farm Director, Ron Hays caught up with Senator Jim Inhofe to talk about WOTUS and a few other topics. Click or Tap below to hear the complete interview.
On September 12, 2019, Inhofe praised the final repeal of the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule marking the completion of the first significant regulatory milestone in replacing the rule.
On June 14, 2019, Inhofe questioned witnesses at an EPW hearing entitled "A Review of Waters of the U.S. Regulations: Their Impact on States and the American People."
On December 11, 2018, Inhofe applauded the EPA release of the new WOTUS rule.
Inhofe also led the charge to dismantle the problematic Obama-era rule. Read his extensive efforts here.
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