Alicia, Huey, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder and developer from Birmingham, Ala., today issued the following statement after the House passed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval that would rescind the Biden administration’s waters of the U.S. rule:
“NAHB commends this bipartisan House vote approving a resolution that would overturn the Biden administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. It makes no sense for human-made ditches and isolated ponds on private property to be subject to federal jurisdiction, but that’s exactly what the WOTUS rule does under its intrastate waters category. Adding uncertainty and delay to the federal permitting process needlessly raises housing costs and defers badly needed affordable housing projects.
“Moreover, there is currently a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Sackett v. EPA, which seeks to put a stop to this vast federal overreach. Americans deserve environmental regulations based on sound scientific data. Today’s vote makes it clear the administration needs to craft a new WOTUS rule that creates a workable regulatory environment that protects the nation’s waterways and economic interests.”