Washington, D.C. – Today the House voted to adopt Congressman Jim Banks’ (IN-03) amendment to the 2018 farm bill that would permanently repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Banks released the following statement after voting in support of the farm bill:
“While I am glad to see my colleagues support my amendment to repeal this onerous regulation, I am disappointed that the farm bill ultimately did not pass.
“The WOTUS rule gave unelected bureaucrats at the EPA the power to broadly interpret what is a navigable waterway, leading to mass confusion for farmers in northeast Indiana and across the country.
“We are getting closer than ever to providing much-needed clarity to the American people, and I am hopeful that the House will advance my amendment to the Senate in the near future.”
Banks spoke during amendment debate today on the House floor. The Banks amendment was adopted to the farm bill with a vote of 238-173. The House failed to pass the farm bill with a vote of 198-213.