Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6147, the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2019:
“Since the day the Obama Administration implemented the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, I have been fighting to overturn it,” Mullin said. “The WOTUS Rule allowed every creek, ditch, and stream to be treated like a ‘navigable body of water,’ giving the federal government power to unnecessarily regulate it. As I have done several times in the past, I voted to overturn this overreaching Obama-era regulation today and will continue to work to see the WOTUS Rule permanently eliminated.”
H.R. 6147 also included two Mullin amendments. Amendment 138 prohibits the use of funds to enforce the Obama Administration’s EPA methane rule. Amendment 139 prohibits the use of funds to implement the Obama Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) rule.
“The EPA’s Methane Rule would cost the American economy an upwards of $530 million annually, in addition to hundreds of American jobs,” Mullin said. “Similarly, the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) Rule creates inefficiencies at the federal level, allows for the implementation of job-killing regulations, and makes way for a carbon tax that would inevitably be handed down to American consumers. I am glad to see Congress pass my amendments as a part of H.R. 6147 to block Obama-era regulations that stunt the growth of our booming economy and implement unnecessary regulatory burdens.”
H.R. 6147 passed the House by a vote of 217 – 199.