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Senate passes bill to overturn EPA rule on inland waterways in second rebuke of Biden administration regulations


The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would reverse a second Biden administration policy, this time challenging an EPA rule that Republicans say imposes a burden on the farming community by being too restrictive in defining what a waterway is.

The final vote was 53-43. The resolution, which was approved by the House earlier this month, will now be sent to Biden’s office where he has previously threatened to veto it.

The resolution was able to pass the Democratic-led Senate by a simple majority using the Congressional Revision Act, which allows a vote to repeal executive branch regulations without breaking the filibuster at a 60-vote threshold, which is required by most applicable laws. bedroom.

The vote comes after another recent GOP-led success to overturn a Biden Labor Department policy on how retirement account managers choose investments. The president issued his first veto of his presidency on the measure.

Democratic senators who joined the GOP in favor include: Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Arizona Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema – many of whom are re-elected in 2024.

Manchin, who backed the repeal, asked earlier this month if he would vote to overturn the administration’s new EPA rule, he said, “Oh yeah, that’s ridiculous. It can’t just be a ditch drying up. They will grab everything and make your life miserable. Overreach.

The Clean Water Act allows the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate “United States waters,” but the exact definition of those waters remains unclear.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case challenging the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency in October. Critics of the EPA’s position framed the dispute as a battle of landowners across the country seeking to make use of their property without the interference of overzealous federal regulators.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, released a statement Wednesday in support of the bill saying, “If the President vetoes it, Americans will have to hope the Supreme Court makes it clear that these EPA bureaucrats are way outside of the authority that Congress actually provided in the Clean Water Act.


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