Advocacy: National

House to Vote Disapproval of WOTUS Rule

Tuesday, January 12, 2016  
Posted by: Shannon Sperati
Please take a few minutes to once again send a letter to your Representatives related to Waters of the United States rule promulgated by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to take up S. J. Resolution 22, to disapprove the WOTUS rule using the authority of the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Senate passed this measure in November. The resolution would nullify the WOTUS rule.

While President Obama will veto the measure, the fact that both the House and Senate passed the resolution will send yet another strong message to the Administration about opposition to the rule. More importantly, a strong vote by Congress could be raised in the various legal challenges to the rule to demonstrate that EPA and the Corps’ action is an example of regulatory overreach.

Earlier this year, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recently issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing the rule while the court reviews the various legal matters raised in the lawsuit. The legal maneuverings in that case and others continue.

Thank you for your engagement on this important issue.

We will continue to update you on the various legislative and judicial actions surrounding the WOTUS rule. Please contact Tom Delaney at (800) 395-2522 if you have further questions.