Gardner Statement on Blockage of Senate WOTUS Bill

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement today after the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, introduced by Senator Barrasso (R-WY), failed to reach the 60 votes required to advance in the Senate.

The Act would have required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to re-write the so-called Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule issued by the EPA. The rewritten rule would feature much stronger state and agricultural protections as well as more input from local communities.

“It’s disappointing that, once again, a minority in the Senate has blocked a bipartisan measure designed to reduce the growth of the federal government and allow Coloradans more control over their lives and land,” Gardner said. “The WOTUS rule is a classic example of federal overreach, giving the EPA authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and tiny streams across Colorado and the West.

“Coloradans know when they’re getting soaked. This rule is so poorly written and ill-conceived that multiple federal judges have put halts on its implementation. I will continue to pursue legislative efforts to ensure this rule is not put into place and Coloradans’ right to control our water is preserved.”


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.


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