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Gohmert on White House Executive Order to Rescind Waters of the US Rule

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Washington, March 1, 2017 | comments
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on the decision made by the White House, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, to rescind and rewrite the Waters of the United States regulation implemented by President Obama’s administration:

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long since expanded beyond working toward a clean environment and has become a runaway, militarized, super power that eats liberties of Americans becoming bigger and more unstoppable with each set of rights it consumes. This executive order, announced by the Trump Administration, to rescind and rewrite the Waters of the US Rule, is truly encouraging because it halts the federal power grab on a vast array of minor streams and wetlands.”

“Whims spoken into law after backroom bureaucratic deals must come to an end. These unelected bureaucrats at the EPA, who have thumbed their noses at the written law in favor of their own cubicle-concocted regulations, should not be allowed to grow any more powerful.

“The federal government was only permitted to have some authority over navigable waters. However, the Obama administration felt, in essence, if water falls from the sky and ever runs into a gully that empties into a dry creek bed that becomes a real creek and eventually a river, and finally a navigable river, that water where it first falls should mandate federal control. This was contemptuous of the Constitution and the 10th Amendment, and it is high time someone reined in these autocrats before it got any worse.

“Fortunately, this executive order will begin to fix the Obama implemented regulation, thus spurring economic growth and jobs.”

Congressman Gohmert is the Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee and the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, he was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas and was appointed by then Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.

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