Senate Passes Bill Scrapping New Water Rule

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In a vote on November 4, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst's bill to eliminate a controversial Waters of the U.S. bill passed in a 53 to 44 vote.

 

The legislation heads now to the House of Representatives, but still will need a two-thirds majority vote to pass a likely presidential veto.

 

Ernst took to the floor earlier in the week after a different bill scrapping the Waters of the U.S. bill failed to pass through a filibuster.

 

She says, “Today’s passage to scrap the expanded WOTUS rule is a major win for our hardworking farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and small businesses who are continuously ignored by the EPA. It is abundantly clear that the WOTUS rule is ill-conceived and breeds uncertainty, confusion, and more red tape that threatens the livelihoods of many in Iowa and across the country."