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Higgins Urges Biden Administration Not to Undo Progress on WOTUS Rule

January 26, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) sent a letter today to President Biden objecting to the administration's regulatory freeze on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR): Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

The letter reads, in part, "This clearer understanding regarding which bodies of government have the regulatory authority and what is regulated gives our farmers and ranchers the necessary certainty for future planning and production. Additionally, through the NWPR, farmers and ranchers are empowered to implement sustainable conservation practices on their land. I strongly urge you to reconsider this regulatory freeze so that our agricultural community can become part of the solution in providing a cleaner environment, instead of being labeled as the problem.”

Read the full text of the letter here.

 

Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:

“The freeze on the Navigable Waters Protection Rule threatens to erase progress and return us back to the Obama-era policy of regulating puddles and ditches. This action would be detrimental for America’s farmers and ranchers. I urge President Biden to reconsider his regulatory freeze on the NWPR. We must protect our farmers and ranchers.”