Washington, DC- Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) today released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014. H.R. 5078 prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from expanding its jurisdiction into state and local waters, which would drastically increase its regulatory influence in rural areas. Congressman Kinzinger is a cosponsor of the bill.
"The last thing that hardworking farmers need are more unnecessary rules and regulations from the federal government," said Kinzinger. "I was proud to cosponsor and vote for a bill that protects Illinois farmers and keeps the EPA out of their way."
In the past year, both the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers have advanced rulemakings that would expand the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. H.R. 5078 prohibits the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers from changing the definition and keeps waterways under state jurisdiction.