The U.S. House of Representatives took a firm stand with farmers and ranchers against the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory overreach by voting to put a stop to the Waters of the U.S. rule. The WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, H.R. 5078, passed with bipartisan support yesterday.
Members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation who voted in favor of the bill were Reps. Randy J. Forbes, R-4th; Bob Goodlatte, R-6th; H. Morgan Griffith, R-9th; Robert Hurt, R-5th; E. Scott Rigell, R-2nd; Robert J. Wittman, R-1st; and Frank R. Wolf, R-10th. During floor debate, Hurt spoke in favor of H.R. 5078.
AFBF President Bob Stallman released the following statement:
“The House of Representatives today stood with farmers and ranchers and against the regulatory overreach of the EPA. Passage of H.R. 5078 isn’t just a clear rejection of the overreach that lies in the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Today’s action is an unmistakable signal that the tide is turning against those who ignore the constitutional separation of powers in the United States. We will ditch this rule.”
Farm Bureau members are now urging the Senate to join with the House to ditch the rule.