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Way to Stop WOTUS…Cut Off the Money

Way to Stop WOTUS…Cut Off the Money

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the US Rule continues to be contentious and more convoluted every day.  EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has testified before numerous committees in both houses of congress about the necessity of the rule, yet nobody’s buying it.  US Senator from North Carolina Thom Tillis:

“We invited the Secretary to come in and speak to the Ag Committee. He did a great job and he is someone who has worked under both Democratic and Republican administrations and the whole thesis of his comments was the overreach of government on Waters on the US. We are at a point where the benefits are minimal and the costs of the regulations are disruptive and unnecessary to provide the environmental assurances.”

As things stand right now with the proposed rule, Tillis says it appears the only way to stop the rule in its current form is to cut off the money:

“You have to do it in a way that we can convince citizens that there is a need for regulations and say what Congress is asking for is reasonable and put the President in a position to decide if he wants to shut down the funding of certain agencies. And provide money to certain agencies with the caveat that they will do things differently. If we do that the other advantage is that we will see positive economic results.”

With the ‘bull in a china shop’ approach we’ve seen with WOTUS and other proposed regulations, that the Obama Administration is going to get these regulations passed before he leaves office, like it or don’t:

“Like so many other things they are trying to get done on this last opportunity. That is why we need to prevent them from going too far and reign them back.”

But, congress has its work cut out for it, too says Tillis:

“Farmers are regulated to death. They have more regulations than any other industry. We have to get the message out to say that we are doing this to prevent the regulatory outreach that is out of control with this administration.”

We’ll be hearing more from Thom Tillis, US Senator representing North Carolina tomorrow on Today’s Topic.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.