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Wicker, Hyde-Smith introduce legislation to uphold Navigable Waters Protection Rule

By: Anne Summerhays - August 2, 2021

U.S. Senators Wicker and Hyde-Smith advocate for clear federal regulation for farmers and small business owners. 

Republican members of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee joined together to introduce S.2567. This legislation would provide clarity for farmers and business that had been strained by regulations related to the Clean Water Act.

On the first day of his administration, President Biden signed an executive order that would undo the Trump administration’s actions of rescinding Obama’s WOTUS rule which finalized the NWPR.

Back in January, the senators from Mississippi and their Senate colleagues introduced a resolution that communicates the need for the U.S. Senate to uphold the Navigable Waters Protection Rules (NWPR).

“The Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection rule recognizes state control over local waters while still maintaining important protections for our environment,” Senator Roger Wicker stated. “Codifying this rule would ensure federal regulations are not overly burdensome for Mississippi’s farmers and small business owners. I am glad to stand with my colleagues in this effort.”

“There is no good reason for the Biden administration to replace the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule other than to force centralized federal authority and regulatory power over all waters—groundwater, ditches, storm waters, and more. Our farmers, businesses, and property owners thrive best on responsible oversight and certainty, which the current rule provides and which is why it should be codified,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith took to Twitter to show her support for the legislation. Hyde-Smith stated that she joined the effort to codify the rule and stating there’s no reason for President Biden to replace the NWPR.

Senator Roger Wicker tweeted that he is working to codify the True Administration’s rules which recognizes state control over local waters.

You can read the full bill (S.2567) here.


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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: