The Federal Water Quality Protection Act is a Senate bill that was sponsored by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), along with 26 other Republican senators and 3 Democrat senators. This Senate bill hoped to overturn the Clean Water Rule and also gave the EPA specific instructions with a deadline for writing it in a way that would include fewer waterways and impede less on private and state property rights.
The vote occurred despite the White House’s threat earlier in the day to veto the bill. The White House says the Federal Water Quality Protection Act will cause more confusion, uncertainty, and inconsistency in enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
The Republicans attest the Clean Water Rule is an attempt to extend the reach of federal bureaucracy as widely and intrusively as possible.
The Senate is considering taking up legislation proposed by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) under the Congressional Review Act that only requires a simple majority of senators to pass, and not the 60 votes needed for the failed Barrasso bill.
Senate Vote Results
Democrats buck Obama on water rule, Timothy Cama, 5/8/15
Bid to block Obama’s water rule falls short, Timothy Cama, 11/3/15