As your U.S. senator, I believe that protecting and preserving our environment and natural resources for future generations is critically important. States like South Dakota have an inherent interest in providing for the well-being of its citizens and businesses through protecting and preserving our water resources and the environment, which are the lifeblood of our agricultural, hunting, and tourism industries.
However, we must be careful to find a balance between preserving our environment and natural resources and ensuring that landowners are not overburdened with federal regulations.
It has become all too common for unelected federal bureaucrats to attempt to increase their authority through the regulatory process, as the previous administration sought to do with regulations like the Waters of the United States rule. Such rules would strain key South Dakota industries, like agriculture and tourism, with costly compliance costs and bureaucracy. As your U.S. senator, I will continue to oppose any federal overreach and support sensible policies to protect our environment and natural resources for generations to come.
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