Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) voted today to halt yet another example of government overreach by the Obama Administration which is attempting to burden states and local communities with additional federal regulations relating to navigable waterways.

By a bipartisan vote of 262 to 152, the House passed H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.  H.R. 5078 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from running roughshod over state and local governments by seizing authority over new water “sources,” or imposing new regulations without state or local input. The bill also requires the agencies to prepare a final report to Congress explaining the need for new regulations, prior to any future action taking place.

“The actions being pursued by the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers would be extremely harmful to the farmers in my District and many others across Pennsylvania. I’m pleased that the House took this important step today to ensure that the EPA does not unnecessarily expand their authority into waters that are under Commonwealth jurisdiction and already regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and 66 county conservation districts,” Congressman Dent concluded.

H.R. 5078 is supported by broad coalition including: the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Milk Producers Council, National Federation of Independent Businesses and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Contact: Shawn Millan (610) 770-3490