January 2015

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Reining in regulatory overreach. e Obama administration's regulatory over- reach was a major motivator for Repub- lican voters in November. In particular, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed several overly broad and burdensome rules that threaten many aspects of industry and the economy. One leading example is the proposed "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule, which would dramatically expand EPA's jurisdiction, effectively making the agency the nation's chief land manager. e proposed regulation would reclassify ditches and other landscape features that occasionally carry water as tributaries to navigable waterways, allowing the EPA to regulate development, farm- ing, mining and other activity in large swathes of the country. Another proposed rule threatens to significantly curtail greenhouse gas emissions. EPA wants to require states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel power plants with the nation- wide goal of a 30 percent reduction from 2005 numbers by 2030. e mandate will raise costs on consumers and businesses and shutdown the coal industry. With Republicans firmly in control of committee chairmanships on both sides of Capitol Hill, we're expecting a litany of oversight hearings and legisla- tion to subvert and defund regulatory mandates. Given all the likely activity on this front, we want to make sure our priorities fit the needs of our members. If there are regulatory issues you'd like Congress to scrutinize, let us know. Education is the key to success. e new political landscape on Capitol Hill means risk and opportunity. e influx of new lawmakers means we have to redouble our efforts to educate Congress about our industry and legislative priorities. We've created many ways for you to get involved and help us move the ball forward. Visit AEDaction.org and weigh in with your representatives. Consider joining AED's Advocacy Action Group and becoming an indus- try grassroots leader. And be sure to mark your calendar for AED's Washing- ton Fly-In on May 20 and 21. n ("Everything Old is New Again" continued from page 57) CHRISTIAN A. KLEIN (caklein@aednet.org) AED's vice president of Government Affairs. He can be reached at 703-739-9513. 58 | www.cedmag.com | Construction Equipment Distribution | January 2015 >> LEGISLATIVE OUTLOOK WE BREAK ROCKS UNITED STATES EAST (440) 248-7168 UNITED STATES WEST (951) 369-0878 CANADA & INTERNATIONAL (519) 599-2015 Please visit us in Suite 21973

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