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Small business group cheers action nullifying WOTUS rule PDF Print E-mail

A representative group for Nebraska’s small business owners applauded last week’s passage of a measure in the U.S. Senate that would nullify the EPA’s controversial Waters of the US (WOTUS) regulation.
Nebraska U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse voted for the measure.
By a tally of 53 to 44, senators approved a resolution disapproving the EPA’s and the Army Corps of Engineers’ WOTUS rule, a sweeping new regulation giving the federal government vast authority over even the most local property improvements, on the theory that nation’s drinking water is potentially jeopardized by small projects.
Three U.S. senators did not vote.
“This was not some small procedural vote,” said Bob Hallstrom, Nebraska state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s voice of small business.
“This massive, and we believe, unconstitutional regulation puts Nebraska’s family farmers, ranchers and small businesses in great jeopardy. We’re very pleased that a bipartisan majority in the Senate acted on behalf of Nebraska small businesses,” he said.
Congress gave the EPA the authority 40 years ago to regulate navigable waterways like rivers and bays, said Steve Keen, NFIB’s manager of Senate Legislative Affairs.
“It never intended for federal regulators to decide whether a waterfront restaurant can expand its parking lot or whether a local builder can put a cabin on a lake,” he said.


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