November 1, 2015

U.S. Senate Will Vote This Week On Legislation To Overturn EPA Water Rule

This week, the U.S. Senate will vote on one, if not two, pieces of legislation that take aim at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. 

The first bill, which is sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has committed to holding a vote on, would throw out the EPA’s current WOTUS rule and require the agency to start over from scratch. According to The Hill, 43 Republican senators and three Democratic senators already support Sen. Barrasso’s legislation, which will need 60 votes to move forward toward a final vote in the Senate. 

The chamber could also vote on legislation offered by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) that would overturn the WOTUS rule. MSCI encourages its members to contact their senators to ask them to vote for both pieces of legislation. MSCI also encourages its members to sign this petition organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which asks U.S. senators to oppose the WOTUS rule. 

As a reminder, last month the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay of the regulation while the courts decide which circuit is the appropriate venue to hear the multitude of legal challenges to the rule. 

Click here to learn why MSCI opposes the Waters of the United States rule.