Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday told a crowd at Howard University in Washington, D.C. that the Republican Party has not done enough to promote that it cares about environmental protections. "We can do a better job," Paul said.
Paul then cited the Clean Water Act, which he said was created with good intentions but has been taken too far and can now be used to infringe on personal rights.
"We need to do a better job saying we believe in a clean environment, that we do believe in rules," Paul said. "But that the balance has shifted too far, and we're now abusing property rights and abusing farmers and small property owners, and we need to shift the balance back. And that if you shift the balance of regulations too strongly, you lose jobs."