This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J. Res. 22, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule finalized in August 2015. The legislation passed, largely along party lines, by a vote of 253-166. In November, the Senate voted in favor of this resolution by a vote of 53-44. The legislation will now go to the President, where he is expected to veto the resolution. IMA-NA has been very active on this issue for a number of years, and have encouraged Congress to do everything in its power to prevent this massive overreach from occurring. Lawsuits by more than 30 states and 20 organizations representing agriculture, industry and developers have been filled against the rule, and a federal appeals court issued a nationwide stay in October. IMA-NA will continue to monitor this situation and remain actively involved in attempting to prevent this massive regulatory overreach.
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