WASHINGTON, October 9, 2015– On Friday, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit based in Cincinnati issued a nationwide stay blocking the Obama administration’s highly controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.
State legislators from across the country believe the rule violates the Tenth Amendment and sets a dangerous precedent for federal intrusion. In total, more than 30 states have sought legal action against the rule.
“A stay temporarily silences the whirlwind of confusion that springs from uncertainty about the requirements of the new rule and whether they will survive legal testing,” the court said.
In July, Tennessee State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia) was joined by State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) in leading a successful campaign to join Tennessee to the case presented to the Sixth Circuit.
“Since being elected to office, one of my main goals has been to stand against the federal government in defense of the Tenth Amendment. Of course, this has made me a target, but that’s just politics for you,” said Holt. “The EPA has been making national headlines all Summer. The courts have slapped them down twice for overstepping their authority. I am extremely satisfied with today’s ruling. However, it’s temporary, so we still have work left to do. I will not rest until homeowners, farmers and small businesses have their rights restored.”