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January 25, 2016

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Senate fails to override president’s veto of WOTUS

The Senate failed to override President Obama’s veto of the Congressional resolution of disapproval of the Waters of the U.S.

In his veto message, the president said the WOTUS rule “is responsive to calls for rulemaking from the Congress, industry and community stakeholders; and is consistent with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

He went on to say “too many of our waters have been left vulnerable. Pollution from upstream sources ends up in the rivers, lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters near which most Americans live and on which they depend upon their drinking water, recreation and economic development.”

The American Farm Bureau Federation and others have indicated they will continue to fight the WOTUS rule until it is gone. AFBF said, “The Government Accountability Office found the rule was issued with the help of illegal ‘covert propaganda’ by EPA. Ninety-two members of Congress, 22 states, numerous cities and counties and dozens of industry groups have all stood up and said no to this rule. Courts have ordered the rule temporarily halted because of the harm it will cause. But, somehow, the president and the EPA just keep pushing. But we won’t stop either. We will not rest until this rule is gone.”

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