Water Rule Ban Moves Through Appropriations
This week, both House and Senate Appropriations Committees passed a provision that would prohibit the EPA from using any funds in FY 2016 to implement the now-finalized Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. At this time, there is no word yet on when either measure may reach the floor for a vote. Other spending bans in the bills included the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which restricts carbon emissions from power plants, and placing the greater sage grouse on the endangered species list.
In addition, the House has also passed a bill requiring the EPA to with withdraw the WOTUS rule and start from scratch. A similar bill has passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and is awaiting a vote on the floor.