POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:53pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 3:43pm
Tyler — As Ronald Reagan used to say the most dangerous words in the world are "we are from the federal government and we're here to help."
The EPA, overreaching once again, has a new plan to help.
According to human events, lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways.
These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snow melt, and would make it harder for private property owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say.
The unusual alliance of the powerful House Republicans and Democrat to jointly sponsor legislation to overturn the new guidelines signals a willingness on Capitol Hill to rein in the agency.
The Obama administration is doing everything in its power to increase costs and regulatory burdens for American businesses, farmers and individual property owners. This federal jurisdiction grab has been opposed by Congress for years, and now the administration and its agencies are ignoring law and rulemaking procedures in order to tighten their regulatory grip over every water body in the country.
Enough, the EPA is out of control.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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