The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on a Senate-passed resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-controversial Waters of the U.S. rule.
The House Rules Committee set a plan in motion for expected floor action on the WOTUS disapproval resolution that the Senate passed 53-44 in November.
An Ohio Federal Appeals Court blocked implementation for now of the EPA rule that took effect in late August, but lawmakers like Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst want a more permanent fix…
“While there are clear indications this WOTUS rule is illegal and likely to be scrapped by the courts, that process could take years to play out, and all a the expense of the average American. Let’s not wait around for the inevitable and force our farmers and small business to operate in the dark while they wait.”
Ernst was confident in November the House would follow suit and pass her legislation to stop EPA from controlling most waters on private land…
“My legislation is the necessary next step in pushing back against this blatant power grab by the EPA. We will send this to the president where he will be forced to decide between the livelihood of our rural communities, nationwide, and his unchecked federal agency.”
The House has voted several times with bipartisan support to block the regulation but the Senate could not overcome a supermajority threshold.
Ernst’s disapproval resolution just needed a simple majority, but will likely face a presidential veto and lack a two-thirds majority to override in either House
That and a GAO report that EPA engaged in an illegal social media campaign to approve WOTUS would likely play into GOP hands, giving the party an issue in this year’s election.