The U.S. House passed a joint resolution to disapprove the Waters of the United States rule under a Congressional Review Act. The measure passed the House by a vote of 253-166. The resolution cleared the Senate last November but faces a certain veto by the President that the resolution likely lacks the votes to override. Still, House Agriculture Chair Mike Conaway claimed passing the resolution was a “critical step” to reworking the WOTUS rule.
The resolution, if signed by the President, would nullify the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The rule which took effect in August of last year remains on hold by federal courts.