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Sen. Cruz: WOTUS Withdrawal Is a Welcome Change For Texas Families, Farmers and Ranchers

Applauds EPA Administrator Pruitt’s decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauded EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s Wednesday announcement that he would withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

"The announcement to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule is a welcome change for hardworking families, farmers, and ranchers in Texas,” Sen. Cruz said. “The Obama administration's WOTUS rule massively expanded the scope of federal authority over land and waterways in the United States, making it harder for Texans to provide for their families. This withdrawal proposal reflects what Americans overwhelmingly believe: that we can have both clean water and regulations that don’t stifle economic growth and job creation. I applaud Administrator Pruitt for his leadership on this issue, and look forward to working with my colleagues to further roll back harmful regulations.”

 Sen. Cruz has long led efforts to rein in the federal overreach of the EPA, and fight for Texas families, farmers, and ranchers:

  • In May 2015, Sen. Cruz sponsored the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act (ARENA), to check the President’s overreaching “Clean Power Plan” regulations that not only infringe on states, but also hamper electricity companies and drive costs up for consumers.
  • In November 2015, Sen. Cruz joined 48 of his Senate colleagues in voting to repeal the EPA’s WOTUS rule. 



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