A controversial rule that has ruffled at least half of the states to the point of filing a lawsuit was put on hold Friday, Oct. 9 and the GOP representatives in Washington were happy about it.

A controversial rule that has ruffled at least half of the states to the point of filing a lawsuit was put on hold Friday, Oct. 9 and the GOP representatives in Washington were happy about it.

The Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule would have given more power to the Environmental Protection Agency in determining which waters were federally protected. Opponents argued it was the government's way of taking control of private property. The Sixth District Court in Cincinnati put a hold on WOTUS in a 2-1 decision.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement:

“The EPA has no business regulating ponds and puddles in Missouri and across our country and today I am pleased by the decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend the implementation of the Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule,” said Blunt. “This rule was another example of executive overreach and today the courts agreed that the hardworking Missourians’ private property should belong to themselves and not the EPA.”

On April 30, 2015, Blunt and his colleagues introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. The bipartisan legislation will ensure the protection of traditional navigable waters of the United States. It also protects farmers, ranchers and private landowners by removing isolated ponds, agriculture water, storm water, groundwater, floodwater, municipal water supply systems, wastewater management systems, and streams from the list of water impacted by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule.

Similarly, Rep. Sam Graves praised the court's decision, while taking a shot at President Barack Obama, a common theme of his statements sent to the media.

“With this rule, the Obama administration and the EPA were trying to rewrite standing law in order to take control over private property,” Rep. Graves said. “It’s simply outrageous. But a federal court has now deemed the President’s actions on WOTUS illegal for the second time in two months, and I am confident today’s ruling will help us stop the rule once and for all.”

Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill's office did not provide a statement.