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Congressman Doug LaMalfa

Representing the 1st District of California

Rep. LaMalfa Responds to GAO Report Confirming EPA Deceit in WOTUS Rulemaking Process

Dec 15, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Today, Congressman LaMalfa released the following statement after the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated a federal law in promoting the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation by engaging in covert propaganda and grassroots lobbying to support the rule: 

“It’s no surprise that the Government Accountability Office found that the EPA violated federal laws and engaged in a propaganda campaign. In fact, this is the status quo for the EPA.  From the start, agency officials showed little hesitancy in pushing their Waters of the U.S proposal to give unelected bureaucrats control of nearly every body of water in the country. Instead of adhering to the formal rulemaking process and taking into account public opposition, serious stakeholder concerns, and considerable questions of legality, EPA used illegal propaganda to promote extreme partisan priorities.  Using taxpayer funds to deceive the American public is completely unacceptable, which is why I will continue using every tool available to block funding for EPA’s WOTUS overreach and uphold our rule of law.”

The full text of the GAO report can be found by CLICKING here.

A video of Rep. LaMalfa speaking in opposition to EPA’s WOTUS rule on the House floor can be found by CLICKING here.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.