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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Another One #OnHisDesk, This Time it is WOTUS

January 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) voted in favor S.J. Res. 22, a resolution which disapproves of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition of “Waters of the United States,” commonly known as the “WOTUS rule.” The measure passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 253-166 under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) which allows Congress to send this important legislation to President Obama’s desk.

Despite a veto threat from the President, if enacted, this measure would protect agricultural producers and land owners from regulatory overreach by the EPA. If unchecked by Congress, the WOTUS rule would redefine waterways and bodies of water thereby asserting the EPA’s jurisdiction to impose regulatory burdens under provisions previously established under the Clean Water Act.

Representative Marino issued the following statement:

“What the EPA did was a slick attempt to expand its regulatory tentacles. It is in lock-step with the adage, ‘if you give a mouse a cookie, he will want a glass of milk.’ In this case, Congress allowed the EPA to go unchecked for years. The agency got used to regulating everything it could with supposed good intentions and the full force of the executive branch as its justification. That kind of power only creates a thirst for more and thus we got WOTUS.

However, a huge coalition rallied against this ruling and Congress acted to reverse the WOTUS rule by sending the resolution of disapproval all the way to the President’s desk. Despite Obama’s clear admiration for federal regulation, as we saw on display at the State of the Union address, a bipartisan group of Representatives and Senators came together to tell him enough is enough.

Now, it is on his desk.”

Background:

  • In February of 2015, Rep. Marino cosponsored H.R. 594, the Bipartisan Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015.
  • In December of 2014, Marino voted in favor of a budget to fund the government which included a provision to cut $60 million from the EPA while preventing the Army Corps from regulating farm ponds and irrigation ditches via the proposed WOTUS rule.
  • In 2001 and 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar EPA power grabs

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