Senators Introduce Legislation to Uphold Navigable Waters Protection Rule

Republican Senators on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are leading legislation to codify the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Act.

“I’ve worked over the years to put a stop to water rules that would be unworkable for farmers, real estate developers, and landowners,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA). “Our farmers and businesses are good stewards of the land, and we need to have a real law on the books so Americans can move forward without burdensome regulations.”

Grassley and fellow Iowa Senator Joni Ernst wrote a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to express concerns over the Biden Administration’s decision to roll back the previous administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule. He also gave a speech on the Senate floor highlighting the devastating effects if the rule gets rolled back.

Earlier this year, the Iowa senators joined together on a Senate resolution that expressed the need for the Senate to stand with farmers, ranchers, and other important stakeholders by supporting the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.