Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) introduced the Don’t Ignore The Will of the American People Act in response to the EPA’s issuance of a final rule redefining “Waters of the U.S.” to potentially include any body of water, no matter how small or how temporary.
The Obama Administration blatantly disregarded the bi-partisan passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732) in the House, which required the EPA to scrap their proposed rule and start anew by engaging stakeholders at the local level. The Don’t Ignore The Will of the American People Act would defund the Office of the Administrator of the EPA until the new rule relating to the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” is withdrawn.
“The Obama Administration and the EPA have shown very little interest in listening to the will of the American people,” said Congressman Rouzer. “This rule is so broad that it could adversely affect any property owner anywhere. It is particularly troubling for our farm families, homebuilders, realtors and other small business owners who will find themselves subject to the arbitrary whims of federal bureaucrats. The economic effect on the state of North Carolina could be devastating. I will continue to use every possible avenue to encourage the Administration to withdraw this onerous new rule.”