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The Republican Recap: Week of April 17, 2023

Here’s a recap of what Republicans achieved on the House Floor this week:

Denouncing Biden’s Veto of Legislation to Prevent Federal WOTUS Overreach ✅
By expanding permitting requirements and broadening the EPA’s jurisdiction, President Biden’s rule redefining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act increases the federal government's regulatory power and places the burden on small businesses, farmers, local communities, manufacturers, and private property owners. 

H.J. Res. 27, introduced by Rep. Sam Graves, blocks the Biden EPA’s overreaching and unclear WOTUS rule, and protects small businesses and farmers from the regulatory burdens it would create.

After passing the House and the Senate with bipartisan support, President Biden vetoed this legislation, continuing his weaponization of the administrative state with burdensome regulations at the expense of hardworking Americans. 

“Despite this week’s vote, stopping this overreaching, burdensome WOTUS power grab has the support of bipartisan majorities in both Houses of Congress, and a majority of states have fought to stop its implementation.  This issue matters to everyday Americans all over the country, and I am disappointed to see the President choose radical environmental activists over America’s families, small businesses, farmers, builders, and property owners.  As Americans continue suffering under the economic crises caused by the disastrous policies of this Administration, we will not stop working to overturn this incredibly intrusive regulatory expansion,” said Transportation Committee Chairman Sam Graves.

What Members Said:

“Now I certainly recognize that this administration has never seen an onerous rule it didn't like, but the President's veto of this resolution reversing one of the federal government's most egregious rules to date really takes the cake. This resolution passed in both chambers with a bipartisan vote, yet the President and his administration refused to even consider the devastation this new WOTUS rule, if ultimately left intact by the courts, will cause. It, with all its ambiguity and therefore subjectivity, was issued mere months before the Supreme Court is anticipated to decide in Sackett vs. EPA, a decision all but guaranteed to update the definition of a WOTUS once again, making this mud puddle of complexity even muddier. While this is clear to many members on both sides of the aisle here in Congress, this administration continues to bow down to the demands of radical environmentalists while ignoring the common-sense calls to revote this misguided rule,” said Rep. David Rouzer.

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Rep. Max Miller highlighted how the Biden Administration is putting their radical far-left agenda ahead of hardworking Americans with their overreaching WOTUS rule, despite bipartisan objections.

Supporting Police Officers and Protecting Our Communities ✅
The D.C. Council’s Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act of 2022 gives more power to anti-police activists, allows for the targeting of individual police officers, and strips officers of collective bargaining rights regarding discipline. 

Under the D.C. Council’s emergency legislative powers, these harmful policies have been in place since 2020; meanwhile, D.C. police staffing has reached the half-century low as homicides continue to rise – and yet, the D.C. Council wants to make these failing policies permanent.

Rep. Andrew Clyde’s legislation, H.J. Res. 42, expresses Congressional disapproval of the D.C. Council’s harmful anti-police Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act of 2022, and prevents the Act from going into effect.

“I’m incredibly pleased that the House has now effectively used its constitutional authority to nullify two of the D.C. City Council’s severely misguided bills that threaten public safety in our nation’s capital. The Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Emergency Amendment Act would significantly hinder the Metropolitan Police Department’s ability to combat the ongoing crime crisis in the District, as this policy would continue to thwart the MPD’s efforts to recruit and retain officers. By blocking this anti-police legislation, House Republicans have delivered on yet another promise in our Commitment to America to ensure we have a nation that’s safe — starting at the heart of our Republic. I thank my colleagues for supporting my commonsense resolution, and I urge the Senate and the White House to join our effort to make Washington safe for all Americans,” said Rep. Andrew Clyde.

What Members Said:

“Americans deserve to be safe, not subjected to repeat offenders shooting up a metro stop while they commute to work, as happened earlier this year. Our police officers and our first responders deserve to be supported, not vilified. And where Congress can under currently law, it should act to preserve law and order,” said Rep. Nick Langworthy.

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Rep. John Rutherford pointed out how the D.C. Council's anti-police policies have contributed to the rising crime and dwindling police numbers in our nation's capital.

Defending Women’s Sports from Woke Policies ✅
The Biden Administration’s new Title IX rules prevent schools that receive federal funding from banning biological males from competing in female sports.

Women's and girls’ sports exist for a reason – it is unfair to allow biological males to compete in the same category and commandeer spots on teams, scholarship funds, and titles meant for hardworking female athletes under the guise of inclusivity.

H.R. 734, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023, introduced by Rep. Greg Steube, prevents biological males from competing in school athletic programs for women or girls.

“Many on the Left not only encourage transgender individuals to invade women’s sports, but celebrate when women are knocked off podiums or shunned to the sidelines. That’s why there is overwhelming support for my bill,The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. Allowing biological males to participate in women’s sports is a complete affront to the hardworking women and girls who have spent their lives training to achieve their dreams. It’s simple: biological males have no place in women’s sports. This legislation ensures female athletes have the opportunity to compete on a level playing field as Title IX intended - without the obvious disadvantage of competing against biological males,” said Rep. Greg Steube.

What Members Said:

“I had the chance to speak with Riley just last week. She shared stories on how this problem has been branded from the Left as taking away inclusiveness, when, in reality, it’s taking away opportunities from our female athletes. Women are becoming collateral damage. Riley told me stories about her competitor, a biological male, sharing locker rooms and showers with teammates. And how a year later, one teammate who was quiet at the time wrote letters to her about how the experience still traumatizes her. Riley also shared a story of how when that same biological male competitor won, she was asked to step away from the medal podium photo. The sport she loved had been reduced to a photo-op. That’s not progress. It’s quite the opposite,” said Rep. Erin Houchin.

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Rep. Diana Harshbarger slammed the Radical Left for erasing opportunities for women in sports.