Small Businesses Applaud CRA Disapproving Final WOTUS Rule

Date: March 10, 2023

NFIB Key Votes H.J.Res. 27 for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2023) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, announced H.J.Res. 27, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) final rule, as an NFIB Key Vote for the 118th Congress.

“The WOTUS standard and definition has changed numerous times, complicating the clarity small businesses need in order to comply with government regulations,” said Kevin Kuhlman, NFIB Vice President of Federal Government Relations. “The final rule issued by the EPA and the Department of the Army was premature as the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to issue a decision on Sackett v. EPA. Small businesses applaud the U.S. House for passing this disapproval of the final rule and working to ease the regulatory burdens on small businesses.”

NFIB members have identified “unreasonable government regulations” as one of the top problems facing their businesses. Last year, NFIB filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Sackett v. EPA arguing that the EPA should reverse the lower court’s decision and clarify the proper test for determining the outer bounds of federal authority under the Clean Water Act.

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