Standing Firm Against Federal Overreach

EPA Regulations Would Limit Economic Growth and Impose Significant Burdens in South Dakota

As a member of Senate Republican leadership, Sen. Thune has helped lead the fight against overreaching federal regulations that have been pursued by the administration without congressional input.

Highlights of Sen. Thune’s Commitment to Limit the Government’s Overreach:

  • Strongly Opposes the “Waters of the U.S.” Rule:
    • The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ effort to expand the jurisdiction of the federal government to regulate water could apply to a countless number of small wetlands, creeks, stock ponds, and ditches that are typically regulated at a state level.
    • Such an overreach would have significant economic impacts for property owners who would likely be hit with new federal permits, compliance costs, and threats of significant fines.
    • Sen. Thune was a vocal opponent of the rule, which is currently being blocked in all 50 states by a court injunction, and is an original cosponsor of numerous legislative initiatives against it.
  • Introduced Legislation to Delay Lowering the Smog Standard:
    • Sen. Thune’s bipartisan Clean Air, Strong Economies Act, introduced in 2015, would block the EPA from implementing what might be the most expensive regulation in history by requiring the EPA to prioritize where smog is the worst.
    • In 2011, Sen. Thune helped lead an effort that resulted in the administration withdrawing its first attempt to lower the standard, and his recent efforts limited the reduction when the administration forced a lower standard.
  • Leading the Way Against Other Unnecessary EPA Regulations:
    • Sen. Thune continues to be a leader against misguided regulations from Washington, D.C., such as efforts to tax methane emissions from cattle or regulate the lead content of fishing tackle.
    • Such efforts by the administration demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of western state economies and ways of life, and would impose significant costs on to farmers and sportsmen.