Blum Releases Statement on Sen. Ernst WOTUS Resolution
Today, Congressman Rod Blum voted for Senate Joint Resolution 22, introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 253-166, to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” rule, which expands federal authority over local waterways and tributaries owned by individuals, farms, and small businesses.
“While President Obama is likely to veto this effort -- which has now passed both chambers of Congress -- this resolution offered by Senator Ernst expresses the growing bipartisan dissatisfaction with the Administration’s efforts to expand federal jurisdiction over private property,” said Congressman Blum. “We are sending a clear message to the President and the EPA that this type of executive overreach is simply not the will of the people. This rule will adversely impact the farmers, families, and small businesses of the First District of Iowa, and I will continue to stand with my constituents to push back against this harmful proposal.”
Background: In 2015, Mr. Blum led a letter for the inclusion of a prohibition of funding for the WOTUS rule in the FY 2016 appropriations process. Mr. Blum also cosponsored and voted for the bipartisan H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would roll back the WOTUS rule and require the EPA and USACE to work with local stakeholders as well as to take additional public comment on any reissued rule. The legislation awaits further action in the Senate.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.