U. S. Sen. Deb Fischer has introduced legislation to repeal an Obama Administration rule which has become quite controversial in farm country.
Fischer, along with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, has proposed the repeal of the Waters of the United States rule, which would expand the EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Fischer says the rule would give the EPA expanded power to dictate water use, even on private land.
“So, we’re keeping the focus on. I’m sure that we will have very, very good support, strong support, for our resolution,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call. “And, with WOTUS, and with other rules and regulations, that’s going to be a focus right out of the gate here that the majority and the new administration is going to look at.”
Agricultural groups have been harshly critical of the rule, saying it would give federal authorities unprecedented power over private property.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, calls the rule a prime example of regulation overreach by the Obama Administration.
“They do not listen to legislative intent and they have overregulated,” Fischer says. “We’re hopefully going to change that and make people’s lives easier.”
The resolution sponsored by the senators would express a sense of the Senate that the final rule expanding the definition of WOTUS must be withdrawn or vacated.
A federal appellate court in October of 2015 blocked the rule from going into effect.