A Nebraska Congressman remains optimistic the Waters of the United States rule can be stopped, even though the Obama Administration threatens to veto a bill designed to stop it.
Congressman Adrian Smith has been busy building support for his legislation to prevent the EPA from implementing the Waters of the United States rule.
“This is not just a farm and ranch issue. This is an issue with a reach into every community across the country,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Smith contends the EPA overreached its Congressional authority in expanding the Clean Water Act. The Senate has approved a companion bill that would block implementation under the Congressional Review Act.
“This is a bipartisan issue, just like the (Keystone XL) pipeline,” according to Smith. “This is a bipartisan issue and I think the bipartisan nature of these concerns, be it the pipeline or Waters of the U.S., keep these issues alive.”
The rule also could be overturned in the courts. Nebraska and 12 other states have sued the federal government, making a similar claim that the EPA exceeded its authority in pushing the rule. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put implementation on hold nationwide until the legal issues are resolved.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]