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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would stop the EPA’s power grab that expands federal jurisdiction over water:

McCarthy’s full remarks are below, or watch them here.

“Mr. Speaker, there’s a simple truth that exists at all times and in every place: The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

“That’s especially true when it comes to regulations. When the bureaucracy makes more rules, those rules limit the freedom and opportunities of real people—people that are just trying to work hard, make a living, and support themselves and their families.

“Now, frankly, the EPA has crossed a line with this proposed water rule. It’s crossed a line constitutionally, and it crossed a line by hurting people and threatening their livelihoods and private property.

“Let me tell you a story about a place back in my district called Sandy Creek. It’s named Sandy Creek for a reason. It’s been dry for over 30 years, and with the drought in California, there’s no time soon water’s coming.

“Now, long before this proposed rule that would expand the EPA’s power even more, the EPA tried to regulate Sandy Creek. That would have added more costs to the people who owned that land. It would have meant paperwork, federal permits, compliance, and federal regulators snooping around.

“It took me years to finally get the EPA to stop. You know how I got them to stop? I had to have an individual come to Taft, California, get in my car, drive out, and walk in Sandy Creek throughout the sand before they believed there was no water to regulate.

“Mr. Speaker, could you imagine what the EPA would try and do if they even had more authority to regulate things outside of their jurisdiction? These are the actions of an Administration that is unaccountable and that doesn’t care about the freedom and prosperity of its citizens. This is an Administration that cares more about regulation than reform—that cares more about power than it does about people.  

“So the House is going to pass a bill to stop this rule—this abuse of power. We’re going to stop this regulation for all the hardworking Americans who have tired [of] all of this agency’s power grabs just for the sake of power. We’re going to do it for everyone who wishes they could have control over their own lives.

“The EPA doesn’t need any more power, Mr. Speaker. The people do.

“And I yield back.”