Senate Votes To Overturn Biden’s Waters of the US rule

President Biden Expected To Veto CRA

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Senate voted 53-43 to overturn the Biden Administration’s updated Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which outlines which waters - including small streams, rivers, wetlands, and more - should be protected from pollution and destruction under the Clean Water Act. House Republicans advanced the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution on WOTUS earlier this month to try to invalidate the rule and prevent future administrations from implementing similar water protections.

President Biden is expected to veto the resolution. 

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous issued the following statement: 

“Restoring critical protections for waters across the country should be a simple and easily supported effort. Yet a majority of Senators elected to represent the American people have chosen to side with corporate polluters and play politics with one of our most critical natural resources. This is inexcusable. 

“Access to clean, safe water is a human right and should never be determined by where someone lives, how much money they make, or the color of their skin. The Sierra Club has and will continue to work with our allies to protect our waters, and we call President Biden to swiftly veto the WOTUS Congressional Review Act resolution.”

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