Top Republican blasts rainwater collection ban that doesn’t exist

By Jonathan Miller | 05/21/2024 06:46 AM EDT

Rep. Jeff Duncan blamed “big government” for not letting Americans “catch rainwater off their own roof.” Was he listening to Ye?

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) chairs the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Climate and Grid Security. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Jeff Duncan was on a roll, condemning the federal government for telling Americans what cars they can and cannot drive and what appliances they can and cannot buy. His right hand slammed down on a table after he announced each outrage.

“It’s time to get big government off the throat of the American people,” Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, told the House Rules Committee earlier this month as he spoke in favor of the “Hands Off Our Home Appliances Act,” H.R. 6192. He later posted a supercut of his testimony to X, set to a plaintive synth soundtrack.

Even more outrageous, said Duncan, that same big government is telling people “they can’t catch rainwater off their own roof for use in their home.”


That would be a stunning claim if true.