Statement from NAHB Chairman Tom Woods on House Passage of Resolution Overturning WOTUS Rule

January 13, 2016

Tom Woods, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo., today issued the following statement on the passage of a House resolution (S. J. Res. 22) that would rescind the Environmental Protection Agency's "waters of the United States" rule:

"NAHB commends the House for approving a Senate-passed Congressional Review Act resolution that expresses congressional disapproval of the rule defining waters of the U.S. and calls on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw it.

"By dramatically extending the areas in which home builders are required to get permits, the rule will lead to bureaucratic delays, increase project costs and mitigation fees, and harm housing affordability. Two courts have already ruled that there is a high likelihood that the rule is illegal and have temporarily stopped its implementation. These court decisions highlight the fact that there are serious problems with the rule and that EPA and the Corps should scrap it and go back to the drawing board.

"NAHB urges President Obama to allow this resolution to take effect by signing it when it reaches his desk."