(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement in support of the Trump Administration’s new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“Under the Obama Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency attempted to expand the federal government’s jurisdiction to control practically any body of water, whether it be local streams, drainage ditches, wetlands, or agricultural ponds – including those on private land. The Obama Administration’s rule would have been a massive expansion of the federal government’s power at the expense of state and local control, as well as a massive erosion of personal property rights,” said Dr. Bucshon. “States, not the federal government, should be the primary regulators of waterways and water sources within their borders and this new WOTUS rule ensures just that. I applaud the Trump Administration for understanding the importance local water plays in the lives of Hoosier farmers, manufacturers, the coal industry, and land owners in the drafting of this new rule.”
In January 2016, Dr. Bucshon voted in favor of a joint resolution nullifying the Obama-era WOTUS rule. The resolution was approved in the House by a bipartisan vote of 253-166 and was sent to President Obama’s desk.