A March 29 bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate under the Congressional Review Act echoes a similar effort earlier in March in the House of Representatives, establishing a majority of Congress calling for the 2023 Waters of the United States rule to be repealed.
According to a late-breaking release from the American Farm Bureau Federation, which was among the entities and individuals testifying before the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture during Feb. 28 hearings, the March 29 resolution of disapproval for the WOTUS rule by the Senate tells the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that the rule under protest is both overreaching and “will lead to more uncertainty” for the agricultural industry.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “AFBF applauds Senators for coming together to repeal the 2023 WOTUS rule. Today’s bipartisan vote under the Congressional Review Act follows a similar effort in the House earlier this month. A majority of Congress has now told EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers that this overreaching rule will lead to more uncertainty for America’s farmers and ranchers.
“Farmers and ranchers are committed to protecting the land and water they rely on to grow food for America’s families. Unfortunately, the 2023 WOTUS threatens the progress made to responsibly manage natural resources. We urge President Biden to recognize the concerns from members of both parties and rescind this troubled rule.”