Will President Obama Kill WOTUS? (AUDIO)

January 13, 2016 04:33 PM
Will President Obama Kill WOTUS? (AUDIO)

Today, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that would render the federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule ineffective. In order to keep the WOTUS definition in force President Obama will have to veto the measure.

The rule is widely unpopular among farmers and agriculture industry groups. On the heels of today's vote, Obama has the option of vetoing the disapproval resolution. Congress may then attempt to override his veto.

Although it’s not common for presidents to veto controversial bills during election years, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) thinks Obama is likely to do just that. If that's the case, Congress is unlikely to have enough votes to override it.

“They did not [have the votes] in the Senate,” says Huelskamp, referencing the elimination-resolution voting results. “I don’t know where the votes will be in the House.”

Huelskamp says it will come down to lawmakers deciding where their loyalties lie. “We are going to have to ask, ‘Are you still with the president, or are you against agriculture?’” he says.

Listen to Huelskamp and three farmers discuss the rule below:

Farmers have pleaded with lawmakers to repeal the rule. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) says they merit an audience.

“Farmers and ranchers deserve a government that will review and consider their thoughts, not a government that refuses to engage stakeholders and hands down orders from on high,” Conaway says.

Court action represents farmers' last shot at getting out of the reach of the new EPA regulations if Obama vetoes the resolution and Congress doesn’t have the votes to override it, Huelskamp says.

“We still have the court action going on,” he says. “It’s not just ag groups in court. There are plenty of other interests in court with us. The battle will still play out."

Click here for the latest on the WOTUS court case.

Are you worried about the effects of WOTUS in agriculture? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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tony newbill
powell butte , OR
1/15/2016 09:51 AM

  Results of WOTUS already in effect in OREGON !!! PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO WHAT THE ATTORNEY SAYS ABOUT THE JUDGE IN THE CASE !!!! Intro to Gary Harrington's 30 day sentence for capturing rainwater in Oregon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9utdDOTOqg More on this case , http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/gary-harrington-oregon-water-rainwater_n_1784378.html , homeowners, business owners, home builders, construction companies, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in the United States are in the crosshairs of the most far-reaching power grab the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ever undertaken. read more @ , http://www.cfact.org/2014/09/29/wotus-the-facts-about-epas-wet-fiction/

tony newbill
powell butte , OR
1/15/2016 08:44 AM

  My worry is with this being another UNWRITTEN BILL its a Wide Open Play book for Un-elected Bureaucrats to make criminals out of us after its Past congress , then the bureaucrats get to write their own rules that they can Institute and make Criminals out of us ALL !!!!!!!!

Romney, IN
1/16/2016 02:38 PM

  If our farming community did a better job of protecting water, this would be unnecessary. I have farmed and been a landlord in central Indiana for over 40 years and still see hilly fields worked on the fall and tremendous amounts of muddy runoff after every hard rain. I have had the ditch that runs through my farm sterilized by upstream neighbors who surface applied hog manure on frozen fields that then got rain. My tenant keeps cover crops and/or residue on all fields through the winter, but many here do not. Both row crop and livestock agriculture have to change or it will be forced on us. And no, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is NOT able to keep up with enforcement-that has already been shown.


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