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Senate Joins House in Approving Joint Resolution to Stop Far-reaching EPA Rule


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today voted with a majority of Senators to overturn the Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.


The Senate voted 53-43 to approve a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval to stop the new WOTUS rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to vastly expand the federal government’s regulatory reach under the Clean Water Act.


“This rule is yet another government overreach from the Biden Administration that threatens to halt progress on necessary infrastructure projects,” Wicker said.  “Landowners and businesses need regulatory certainty, and the President has failed to provide it.  I am glad to stand with my colleagues in this effort to overturn this unlawful regulation.”


“No one needs a puddle on their property to be regulated by the federal government,” Hyde-Smith said.  “This terrible Biden WOTUS rule will affect tens of thousands of small businesses in Mississippi, which would affect how we grow crops or get permits for new projects.  What’s worse is that it would require private individuals to prove water on their land is not under the federal government’s Clean Water Act jurisdiction.  It must be stopped.”


The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy estimates that the Biden WOTUS rule will affect 43,500 small businesses in Mississippi, including agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, construction, and manufacturing endeavors.


Wicker and Hyde-Smith were original cosponsors of S.J.Res.7, which was introduced by Environment and Public Works Committee Ranking Member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).


The U.S. House of Representatives approved its WOTUS CRA on a 227-198 vote earlier this month, with the support of U.S. Representatives Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), Michael Guest (R-Miss.), and Mike Ezell (R-Miss.).

Read online release here. is an online news website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


  1. I don’t see where Bennie Thompson stood with Wicker and Smith; of course I didn’t expect him to. He get his orders for what and what not to vote form from his high paying lobbyist, the same that stopped the much needed backwater pump project in the South Delta a 2nd time


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