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Tipton: Time for Congress to Take Action on WOTUS

March 1, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) made the following statement after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the nationwide stay on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:

“It is unacceptable that the most burdensome federal water and land grab in American history is again on track to become the law of the land. The Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule completely by-passes states’ water rights and threatens the Coloradan farmers, ranchers and landowners whose livelihoods depend on the availability of water,” said Tipton. “I was encouraged by the current administration’s move to permanently withdraw WOTUS, but the court’s latest decision now makes it imperative that Congress take swift action to block the rule. I will continue working with my colleagues in the House and Senate toward a more permanent solution to protect farmers, ranchers, and private property owners across Colorado and the nation from federal water grabs.”


In the 114th Congress, Tipton cosponsored H.J.Res. 59 to nullify WOTUS. In the 113th Congress, Tipton supported the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (H.R. 5078), which passed the House of Representatives and would have blocked implementation of WOTUS. 

In 2015, the Sixth Circuit issued a nationwide stay and temporarily blocked implementation of this rule.

In June 2017, the EPA proposed a repeal of the Obama rule when it released a proposed rule that sought to re-codify the Clean Water Act as it existed prior to 2015 Obama Administration rule.

In January of 2018, the EPA also finalized an applicability rule that sought to delay the 2015 Obama rule by two years to February 6, 2020.

On February 28, 2018, the 6th Circuit lifted the nationwide stay of the WOTUS Rule.

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