Coats, 46 Senators Introduce Resolution to Nullify Expanded WOTUS Definition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) cosponsored a joint resolution to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers’s (ACE) recently finalized “WOTUS” rule that expands the scope of federal authority over land and waters in the United States under the Clean Water Act. 

“Indiana businesses, property owners and farmers already face a mountain of Washington red tape, and this rule only adds more when Hoosiers make decisions about their own land,” said Coats. “This resolution would nullify this ill-conceived rule and reinforce to the EPA and ACE that they failed to address the concerns raised by farmers, manufacturers and small businesses in Indiana and across the country.”  

You can read the full resolution here. 

The resolution was introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and cosponsored by Coats and Senators Lamar Alexander, (R-Tenn.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Shelly Moore Capito (R-W. Va.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), David Vitter (R-La.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

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