Congressman King: “President Obama’s Water Grab Has Finally Been Flushed.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it is repealing the controversial “WOTUS Rule” (Waters of the United States) imposed by the Obama administration. Obama’s “WOTUS Rule” gave the EPA unprecedented authority to regulate the nation’s waterways. The rule had come under criticism from advocates for small businesses, farmers, ranchers, and private property owners. Last November, Congressman King joined with 4 other members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation on a letter asking President Trump to scrap this misguided rule.
“The EPA’s announcement that it is withdrawing President Obama’s ‘WOTUS Rule’ is a win for farmers, ranchers, and private landowners throughout the country,” said King. “I thank EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his leadership on this issue. After two years, President Obama’s water grab has finally been flushed. Had it been left in place, the EPA could have claimed the authority to regulate 97% of Iowa with dire economic consequences for both the state and the nation. Good riddance to this misguided Obama-era economic assault on rural America.”