H.R.5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, passed Sept. 9 by a vote of 262 yeas to 152 nays, with more than 30 Democrats supporting the bill. The bill would force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed rule expanding jurisdiction over Waters of the United States, and require consultation with the states. The results of this federal state consultation would be sent back to Congress, which would then decide whether to proceed with a rulemaking.
NSSGA has actively supported H.R.5078 along with many other associations in the Waters Advocacy Coalition. In addition to key voting H.R.5078, NSSGA also activated its grassroots, and had 130 separate NSSGA members contact their member of Congress urging a “yes” vote. NSSGA is pleased to see such a strong vote of opposition to EPA’s attempts to radically expand their jurisdiction. The strong bipartisan vote in the House is significant but with the election looming the bill faces significant hurdles in the Senate.