A bipartisan effort to block the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which was put into place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE), failed on January 20, when President Barack Obama vetoed a congressional resolution of disapproval of WOTUS.
The WOTUS rule expands federal jurisdiction over ephemeral bodies of water on millions of acres of private land.
Under the 1996 Congressional Review Act, Congress can overturn an agency’s rule if a joint resolution of disapproval is passed by both chambers and signed by the president. The WOTUS resolution of disapproval, Senate Resolution 22, passed in the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2015, and was approved by the U.S. House on January 6.
Votes for the resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority necessary to override a presidential veto.
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The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a stay on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule in a decision issued on February 9, halting efforts by the Obama administration to impose costly regulations on the nation’s energy industry until a final ruling on the legality of CPP can be delivered.
The SCOTUS ruling is the result of multiple legal efforts made by 27 states and dozens of business, labor, consumer, and public-interest groups who say CPP is harmful for the nation’s economy...
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a lower court’s decision to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate land use and development decisions within the Chesapeake Bay watershed under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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