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President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA's WOTUS rule which would nullify the rule and require EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the jurisdictional boundaries of the Clean Water Act.
January 21, 2016
As expected, President Barack Obama vetoed Congress's resolution to halt the WOTUS rule. In the veto message, Obama said, “The rule, which is a product of extensive public involvement and years of work, is critical to our efforts to protect the Nation’s waters and keep them clean; is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the Congress, industry, and community stakeholders; and is consistent with decisions of the United States Supreme Court.”
The Senate voted 53-44 on Nov. 4, 2015 and the House voted 253-166 on Jan. 6, 2016 in support of the resolution.
Obama noted, “Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it. I am therefore vetoing this resolution.”
Philip Ellis, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said, “In siding with the EPA, the President has ignored the will of Congress, including members of his own party. Moreover, he has taken side against the 32 states, and countless stakeholders who have challenged the WOTUS rule. With Congress clearly showing their disapproval of this rule, the consequences of WOTUS implementation now rest solely with President Obama.”
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