House approves bill to block EPA water rules

Sep 9, 2014 4:53 PM by News Staff

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands. Critics say the rule represents a classic Washington overreach.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule that it says will clarify which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act, an issue that remains in dispute even after two U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

Agriculture groups and farm-state politicians call the proposed rule a power grab that would allow the government to dictate what farmers can do on their own land.

The House approved the bill by a 262-152 vote on Tuesday.

The White House has threatened to veto the bill.

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