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Congressional Legislation Details

Title as Introduced:

Sen. Paul's Defense of Environment and Property Act

Bill Number:



A bill to rein in out-of-control EPA and Army Corps of Engineers regulators by further clarifying the definition of "navigable waters" under the Clean Water Act.

Bill Sponsor

Rand Paul (REP KY)


Our Position:

We support this bill.
Dear Senator Paul,

On behalf of more than 1.9 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I applaud your introduction of S. 2122, the Defense of Environment and Property Act. Your bill would rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) and put a stop to their attempt to impose costly environmental regulations on all the land and all the water in the United States.

The Clean Water Act (CWA) was enacted in 1972 as a broad new federal effort to control water pollution in our country. However, since the States have only empowered Congress to regulate interstate commerce, the Act’s new regulatory authorities were intended to be limited to “navigable waters” of the United States – waters that could conceivably be involved in interstate commerce through activities such as boat traffic.

In recent years, however, the EPA and the Army Corps have attempted to expand their jurisdiction to impose stringent new regulations on isolated wetlands, ephemeral streams, farm runoff and drainage, and other “waters” in the U.S. that are arguably not at all connected to navigable waters nor interstate commerce.

Click here to read AFP's full letter of support!


Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


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