The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Steve Southerland (R-FL) that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing a proposed rule that would expand their jurisdiction over various waters of the United States.

The proposed rule would redefine “waters of the United States” to include, among other water bodies, intermittent and ephemeral streams such as those used by producers for drainage and irrigation. This proposed rule is a major issue with the agriculture community. A recent letter signed by many agricultural groups was sent to the House leadership stating their support for H.R. 5071 by Congressmen Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) which would require that the proposed rule be withdrawn.