Waters of the United States (WOTUS) might cease after the House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday, but President Obama still has the power to veto the measure.The House passed a joint resolution objecting to the WOTUS rule under a Congressional Review Act. If the resolution makes its way across the president’s desk without a veto it would invalidate the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine WOTUS under the Clean Water Act.
“Passage of this resolution is a critical step toward stopping what some believe to be the largest federal land grab in history. From the beginning, the process of developing this rule was flawed by EPA ignoring input from stakeholders, and even other agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers. American’s farmers and ranchers deserve to have a government that will review and consider their thoughts,” says K. Michael Conaway, Chairman for the House Committee on Agriculture.
In all likelihood the disapproval resolution will be vetoed by President Obama, so WOTUS could be here to stay.
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