Nebraska GOP lawmakers celebrated alongside farm and business leaders Tuesday as the Trump administration made good on one of its biggest promised environmental rollbacks, proposing to remove federal protections for thousands of waterways nationwide.
Governor Pete Ricketts, and Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse have issued statements in support of the regulatory overhaul.
Sasse says it’s good news. He says “the Obama-era WOTUS rule was textbook Washington hogwash: unelected federal bureaucrats were trying to unconstitutionally regulate puddles here in Nebraska. I’m grateful for today’s new approach — Nebraska producers need predictability and common sense. Here’s the truth Nebraskans have known all along: nobody cares more about our land and water resources than we do — our farmers and ranchers don’t talk about conservation, they do it.”
Senator Fischer said “The 2015 WOTUS rule had far-reaching consequences that would have hurt every single Nebraskan. The proposed rule announced today provides clarity and will ensure the federal government stays in its jurisdictional lane.”
Governor Ricketts joined the Nebraska Deparment of Agriculture in applauding news that the Trump Administration has proposed a replacement for the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
“Thank you President Trump and Acting Administrator Wheeler for your continued commitment to repealing President Obama’s onerous WOTUS rule,” said Governor Ricketts. “This new proposal returns more power to the states and private land owners where it belongs. From family farms to commercial developers, this certainty is critical for the job creators who provide opportunities and grow Nebraska.”