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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Waters of the United States rule:

“President Obama’s actions to circumvent Congress and the American people have culminated in yet another gross overreach of executive action. This final rule, which redefines ‘navigable waterway’ to potentially put any water—flowing or standing, on private lands or public—under federal jurisdiction is harmful to farmers, energy producers, and countless other Americans whose private property rights support their way of life. But beyond the economic damage inflicted, the process undertaken by the Administration underscores its flagrant disregard for the democratic process and the voice of the American people. The EPA appeared to be more focused on acting as a special interest group and forcing this rule on the American people than following the regulatory process as it is intended.

“In the House, we continue to put the priorities of the American people at the top of our agenda, and earlier this month we passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 1732), with bipartisan support. This legislation prevents the Administration from implementing this rule and sends the EPA back to the drawing board so it can start anew by listening to concerns of Americans across the country. I urge the Senate to take swift action to stop yet another example of executive overreach that is damaging to the economy and Americans’ personal freedom.”