Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Griffin Votes to Protect Arkansans from Burdensome EPA Proposal

"Tim Griffin has proven performance representing
all Arkansans." ~ Dr. Bill Smith, Editor
Editor's Note (9/15/2014): Due to an Arkansas storm, Internet access was interrupted for a week. This story posted retroactively to its correct time slot. Image and comment added by the editor.

  Says, bill ‘stops this massive government overreach in its tracks
and requires federal agencies to consult with states’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after the House passed the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078):

“The EPA’s proposed expansion of the ‘waters of the United States’ would subject Arkansans, especially farmers and ranchers, to costly and overly burdensome federal regulations, harm our agriculture industry that is vital to our state’s economy and replace state and locally based conservation efforts with a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach. Our vote today stops this massive government overreach in its tracks and requires federal agencies to consult with states and local governments when proposing these regulatory measures on local waters.”

H.R. 5078 passed the House by a vote of 262-152. According to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, H.R. 5078 will uphold the federal-state partnership to regulate the nation’s waters by preserving existing rights and responsibilities with respect to “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering or enforcing:
-          The proposed rule that would redefine WOTUS under the CWA, or using the rule as a basis for future administrative actions that would undermine the federal-state partnership or usurp Congress’ express authority to change the scope of the CWA through a redefinition of WOTUS.
-          Any agency guidance that would expand the scope of waters covered by the CWA, as the Administration’s proposed WOTUS rule and draft guidance would do.
-          The agencies’ interpretive rule that would broaden regulation of the agricultural community by restricting the exemption from CWA Section 404 permitting for certain agricultural conservation practices.

The bill also requires the EPA and the Corps to engage in a federalism consultation with the states and local governments by:
-          Jointly consulting with relevant state and local officials to formulate recommendations for a consensus regulatory proposal that would identify the scope of waters to be covered under the CWA, and those waters to be reserved for the states to determine how to regulate. The proposal would need to be consistent with the applicable rulings of the United States Supreme Court.
-          Preparing a draft report describing the recommendations for a consensus regulatory proposal developed as a result of the consultation with relevant state and local officials, and publish the draft report in the Federal Register for public review and comment.
-          Preparing and submitting to Congress a final report describing the recommendations for a consensus regulatory proposal, based on the consultation with relevant state and local officials and the public review of the draft report.

About Congressman Tim Griffin
Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012.  For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority.  In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University.  He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.  Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.
Editor Note: Tim is Not running for a third term in Congress. Tim Griffin is  running as the Republican candidate for Arkansas Lt. Governor in the 2014 General election.  We need Tim Griffin to continue as a proven spokesman for the people of Arkansas.    Please, vote for Tim Griffin.

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