The US Senate is expected to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule. The rule has so far been widely opposed. The CRA allows Congress to review major rules issued by federal agencies, although it is rarely used.
Sen. Joi Ernst, D-Iowa, has taken the lead on the vote, having collected the signatures of 49 senators in favour of stopping the WOTUS rule.
“This vote echoes what NSSGA’s members and 34 states have been saying all along about WOTUS. This rule drastically expands the EPA’s jurisdiction without sound reasoning to do so,” said Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs. “We are glad to see Congress mirror the concerns raised in litigation,” she added.
The 6th US Circuit of Appeals recently granted a nationwide stay on WOTUS implementation. This is a result of several lawsuits filed by states and industry groups, including the NSSGA, and is expected to last throughout the year.
The US House of Representatives is expected to take a similar vote after the Senate. The goal of the WOTUS CRA resolution is to put pressure on the White House and EPA to rescind and rewrite this massive government overreach. Even if President Obama vetoes the bill, Congress can override his action with a two-thirds majority vote in both the Senate and the House.
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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