Stop the nonsense
The Obama political appointees and bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency, no bastion of common sense, have proposed a revision to the Clean Water Act that would broadly redefine what qualifies as a “water of the United States,” thereby vastly expanding their jurisdiction over ponds, ditches, wet soils and the occasional mud puddle in your front yard.
You read that right. This new definition would open the door for bureaucrats at the EPA to dictate what you do in your own yard.
Of course, the Obama administration claims the cost to business owners would be negligible, but the rule would expand the standards that typically apply to navigable waters to any area of land that overflows during the year. This will drastically impact everyone from private property owners and family farms to real estate agents and small-business owners.
And what happens if you don’t comply with their rules? Try fines up to $30,000 every day you are not in compliance.
Since this rule was proposed, I’ve heard from concerned farmers, small businesses, real estate groups and numerous other citizens around the Seventh District asking what can be done to stop it.
The U.S. House has passed legislation that would prevent the rule from going into effect. I urge the U.S. Senate to take up the legislation quickly and put a stop to this nonsense. Even better, the House and Senate should end funding for every job at the EPA – in effect, fire them – and force President Obama to explain to the American people why they should be kept. That would set the ship right quicker than anything.
Candidate for Congress