HR 2 Strengthening Property Rights by Repealing the "Waters of the United States" Rule (Roll Call 203)
The Banks (R-IN, ACUF Lifetime 92.3%) amendment to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (i.e., farm bill) repeals the Obama-era "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States,'" which provided unelected bureaucrats within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carte blanche authority to interpret the definition of a "navigable waterway." As a result, the EPA had expanded its jurisdiction to regulate nearly any water source, including ponds, ditches and even puddles. ACU Foundation's Center for 21st Century Property Rights is a leading voice on this issue and works to ensure the constitutional rights of all landowners are protected from government overreach. ACU opposes the unconstitutional action taken by the Obama administration, supports strengthening property rights and supported this amendment. The House passed the amendment on May 18, 2018 by a vote of 238-173. The final farm bill failed to include any conservative reforms and was signed into law December 20, 2018.