The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5078), introduced by Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), has been approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The measure has bipartisan support and would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a rule that broadens the scope of the Clean Water Act and expands the federal government’s regulatory power.
The bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering or enforcing the proposed WOTUS rule.
State Farm Bureaus are encouraged to seek congressional support for the bill. Broad bipartisan support will help ensure that the House considers the legislation this fall.