House committee moves Regulatory Integrity Protection Act forward

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) praised the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Friday for approving the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, legislation blocking implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“I am pleased that the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee took action to advance this important piece of legislation,” Graves, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, said. “I have been pushing this administration to withdraw its Waters of the U.S. rule since it was first proposed, and Wednesday’s vote was another important step in the fight to hold the White House accountable for its out-ofcontrol regulatory agenda.”

If it were to be enacted, WOTUS would allow the EPA to fully regulate bodies of water on private lands. The committee voted 36-22 to move forward with the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would essentially mandate that the Obama administration withdraw consideration of WOTUS and revert to the rules under the Clean Water Act (CWA), a collaborative partnership between the states and the federal government. It would also require the EPA to seek buy-in from all stakeholders on the proposal of any new rule in the future.

“The EPA, and any other federal agency for that matter, cannot simply regulate what Congress has refused to legislate,” Graves, who assisted with the introduction of the legislation last week, said. “I look forward to moving this bill through the House and working with my colleagues in the Senate to get it to the president’s desk.”