YOHO LANGUAGE ADDED TO ENERGY AND WATER BILL
Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) offered two amendments to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act -H.R. 4923. His first amendment would limit the administration’s ability to create and enforce rules that would increase the cost of electricity and decrease the U.S. grid’s reliability. Chairman Simpson (R-Idaho) expressed appreciation and a willingness to work with Congressman Yoho in including similar language in the final bill. Congressman Yoho successfully added an additional amendment ensuring the administration cannot use hard-earned taxpayer money to upgrade cities in China and India for green energy. The Congressman gave the following statement after speaking on the floor of the House:
“Tonight, I offered two amendments that would benefit hard working Americans. These amendments would keep energy bills low and prevent government funds from going to foreign cities at the expense of the American taxpayer. At a time of mounting national debt and growing deficits, we cannot allow our taxpayer’s dollars to be squandered. We should not be borrowing against future generations to subsidize green energy projects in other countries. If India and China want to create sustainable cities, it should be on their dime, not ours.”
Congressman Yoho voted in favor of the legislation, which passed the House of Representatives 253-170.
*In addition to tonight’s amendments, Yoho rallied 28 of his colleagues to support language denying the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers from redefining “waters of the United States.” This will ensure the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers cannot implement new rules on navigable waters. The EPA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers have attempted to craft a rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States” multiple times. Currently, the Clean Water Act (CWA) allows the U.S. Army of Corp of Engineers to regulate rivers, lakes, and estuaries but the proposed rule would allow expanded authority requiring businesses to obtain permits for ditches and man-made canals, further burdening both the construction and agricultural sectors. The Yoho language was successfully included in the bill.