WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after a federal appeals court in Cincinnati, Ohio, blocked implementation of the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States rule, an executive overreach released earlier this year by the Environmental Protection Agency:

“The WOTUS rule, put forward by the same agency responsible for this summer’s epic environmental disaster in the Animus River, is a raw and tyrannical power grab.  In May, a bipartisan House majority joined with more than 30 governors in rejecting this job-killing unilateral expansion of federal authority.  I am encouraged that the judicial branch has blocked implementation of an egregious regulatory scheme that dooms landowners, small businesses, farmers, and manufacturers to a regulatory and economic hell.”

NOTE: On May 12, the House passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732), which requires the EPA to withdraw the rule. Learn more about what governors and state legislators have said about the rule's negative impact here