Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Statement on WOTUS Repeal

June 27, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today released the following statement regarding the decision by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to propose a rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and substantially redefine it to be consistent with Supreme Court decisions and long-standing practice:

“WOTUS is a sweeping regulation written by unelected bureaucrats that would give the EPA jurisdiction over any type of body of water on private land—lakes, ponds, creeks, and even desert washes. I have heard from countless small businesses, farmers, and ranchers that this rule prevents them from doing their job, which is why I led dozens of my colleagues in Congress in writing to the Administration in February urging the President to reverse this rule for the sake of Southern Arizona and communities throughout the United States. I am pleased with the EPA’s decision to repeal the harmful WOTUS rule—and I know that Americans across the country are relieved by this news.”

Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman McSally has consistently fought to reverse the WOTUS rule. On February 17, 2017, she led a letter signed by 40 members of Congress to President Trump urging him to take action against the WOTUS rule and other overreaching regulations. The President responded by issuing an executive order directing the EPA to reevaluate this rule. The EPA’s proposed new rule fulfills the President’s request and codifies a repeal of WOTUS.

The text of the letter can be found HERE.