Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) voted on several bills last week to curb the administration’s regulatory overreach.
Guthrie voted in support of S.J. Res. 22, a resolution that nullifies the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Corps of Engineers’ rule to redefine waters of the United States (WOTUS).
“Since the EPA and Corps’ first proposal to regulate nearly all bodies of water, farmers, landowners, and state and local governments throughout Kentucky and across the nation have expressed outrage,” Guthrie said. “While the court has provided some relief to farmers and landowners, we need to provide a more permanent solution. The House’s passage of this resolution is the next step in providing regulatory relief for Americans whose livelihoods are impacted by this ill-conceived rule.”
Guthrie also voted in favor of H.R. 1644, the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act (STREAM Act). This bill reins in the administration’s new stream buffer zone rule, an anti-mining regulation contributing to President Barack Obama’s “War on Coal,” by ensuring transparency, requiring an objective study, and ending duplicative rulemaking.
“These common-sense reforms place checks on an out-of-control administration,” said Guthrie. “The fact that an agency can finalize a regulation, supposedly based on scientific evidence, but never submit the evidence for review is a serious problem. This bill would go a long way to fixing the issue by requiring greater transparency at the agency and allowing the National Academy of Sciences to provide an objective perspective.”