Events and News

Senate Votes to Repeal EPA Clean Water Rule

November 12, 2015

Last week, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution of disapproval against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule, a measure that if enacted would nullify the controversial EPA/Army Corps of Engineers regulation. However, the White House issued a veto threat against the resolution, virtually ensuring it will not become law.

S.J. Res. 22, sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), invokes the Congressional Review Act, which allows a simple majority of the House and Senate to act to overturn recently promulgated federal regulations. The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 53-44. The House is expected to bring the resolution up for a vote in the coming weeks. 

Looking ahead, some lawmakers may also attempt to attach a Clean Water Rule repeal to a must-pass omnibus appropriations bill Congress will consider to keep the government running past December 11. In the past, President Obama has threatened to veto spending measures with such provisions.