A legal opinion issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office concludes the Environmental Protection Agency broke the law using illegal social media and lobbying efforts to advocate for the Waters of the U.S. rule.
“This finding confirms what we’ve suspected, that EPA is willing to bend and break the rules to expand its jurisdiction; it is very disheartening to know that an agency would conduct itself in such a manner,” said Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts. “We are thankful the courts are also recognizing limits to EPA’s and the Corps of Engineer's authority, issuing a stay on implementation of the rule. Now, it’s time for Congress to take action to ditch this rule once and for all,” Felts added.
Felts joined the American Farm Bureau in praising U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe for asking GAO to conduct the investigation. Farm Bureau on the state and national level has from the beginning of notice of the measure, initiated a campaign to ‘Ditch the Rule’ because of its massive overreach of federal authority.