Small Business Reacts to House Oversight WOTUS Report

Date: October 27, 2016

Obama administration failed to comply with laws protecting small business

For Immediate
Andrew Wimer, 202-314-2073 or 703-298-5938 (cell)
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Washington, D.C. (October 27, 2016) – The National Federation of
Independent Business (NFIB)
agrees with the conclusions of a newly released
House Oversight Committee report on the
legal deficiencies of the Waters of the United States rule. The report
maintains that the regulation fails to meet the requirements of the Regulatory
Flexibility Act, an important protection for small businesses.

“The Obama administration ignored small
business protections required by law during their rush to create the Waters of
the United States rule,” said NFIB Sr.
Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch
. “Congress wrote the Regulatory
Flexibility Act to require certain agencies to think about the costs of their
rules on small business. EPA and Army Corps can’t skip this critical step in
the regulatory process, and we’re glad to see the House defending the law.”

The NFIB has encouraged Congress to pass
legislation to stop the Waters of the United States rule and has also sued in
federal court to stop implementation of the rule. Currently, the rule is not in
effect due to a federal injunction placed by the 6th Circuit Court
of Appeals.


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