Derailing WOTUS Through Spending Bill Going to be Tough

Congress’s failure to pass individual spending bills again this year will make it harder to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule. Without individual spending bills, amendments to defund WOTUS lack a legislative haven that’s harder for the president to veto. WOTUS opponent, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says Congress is more likely to pass a Continuing Budget Resolution, or C-R to fund the government into the new fiscal year…

“I would say on a CR if you are going to do it for two months, it probably wouldn’t have any of these provisions in there. But eventually you are going to have an omnibus appropriation bill.”

However, the question is “when?” Some C-R’s have been extended for months into succeeding calendar years with no deal on an omnibus, and the presidential campaign season is already in full swing, further complicating prospects.

Yet Grassley insist “people will come to their senses” when they realize even ordinary farm efforts, like breaking up hard soils, could be impacted by WOTUS…

“You are taking normal farming operations that have been going on for multiple decades that don’t have anything to do with pollution of the soil being restricted under WOTUS. So those normal farming operations, when they will have to have a permit to do something that you do as a normal operation, eventually common sense is going to win out.”

If the President insists on vetoing a spending bill with WOTUS defunded, Grassley says Obama could blame republicans for shutting down the government—though Grassey hopes the tables are turned and it’s the president who takes the blame for a huge WOTUS power grab.



A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.