Simpson Water Grab
"These two bills respond to some of the most troubling aspects of the EPA's efforts to expand its jurisdiction," said Simpson. "The EPA initially claimed that its new rule would provide clarity and flexibility for American agriculture, but my initial concerns that this would not be the case have proven true. Farmers across Idaho have expressed to me their serious concern about how the EPA may decide to interpret this rule in the future, leading to even less certainty than they have now. "Moreover," he added, "These bills recognize that the EPA's proposed rule undoes many existing and successful partnerships for cleaning up and maintaining our waterways, whether those are partnerships between farmers, ranchers, and conservationists or local, state, and federal governments. I think it's an arrogant assumption on the part of the EPA to say that they alone should have such authority over every drop of water across the country."