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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham praises court for WOTUS ruling

October 9, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, praised the ruling from the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati today that placed on hold President Obama’s controversial Waters of the US rule (WOTUS).

The rule, crafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, would redefine the scope of the waters protected by the Clean Water Act and likely mean more regulations for non-navigable waterways, such as ditches on a farm.

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, Dr. Abraham has met with countless farmers from throughout Louisiana’s 5th District, and nearly all of them have expressed concerns over the WOTUS rule.

“The WOTUS rule is a prime example of the EPA’s vast overreach and over regulation from the Obama administration. Today’s ruling is a huge win for farmers and landowners. I have always said that the farmer is the best conservationist and steward of his or her land. As this matter continues to be litigated, I will keep up my fight in Washington to undo this terrible rule,” Dr. Abraham said.

Dr. Abraham has been a frequent critic of both the EPA and the WOTUS rule.

In August, he signed a letter calling for an Inspector General’s investigation of the EPA amid evidence the agency sought to corrupt the public comment portion of the rule-drafting process.

Dr. Abraham also cosponsored the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (HR 1732) that would require the EPA withdraw the proposed rule and write a new one using stakeholder input. The bill passed the House in May.