Vote Explanation for H.R. 1732

05/12/2015

Today, the House considered and passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732).

H.R. 1732 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from finalizing or implementing a rule the agencies jointly proposed last year to better protect our nation’s water sources. This collaborative effort included significant input from the public, businesses, and other groups that would likely be affected by the rule. The rule, which is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, would clarify and expand the types of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act.

I voted against H.R. 1732 because I think the legislation prematurely repeals the rule that has yet to be released and finalized by the federal government. If Congress would like to debate whether or not certain parts of the rule should be changed because of unintended consequences it should wait until the rule is actually released.

I believe passing legislation to preemptively repeal the rule sets a dangerous precedent that would hinder future efforts of the EPA and Corps to take actions to reduce pollution and other contaminants in our country’s water.

The President has also indicated he would veto the legislation.

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