The United States Senate voted to kill an amendment offered by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., to repeal the final rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency, entitled “Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States.’” This rule is commonly known as the Obama administration’s “Waters of the U.S. rule.”
Under the Obama administration, the EPA used an extreme definition of the term “navigable waters” to seize control of man-made ditches with puddles under the Clean Water Act. Lee’s amendment would have repealed the harmful rule and defended the property rights of farmers, ranchers, homeowners, and businesses across America.
However, several Republicans joined with Democrats on the Motion to Table the amendment, effectively killing it.
The Senate voted to kill Lee’s amendment on June 21, 2018 at 2:47 p.m., in a roll call vote of 62 – 34.
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Conservative position: NO
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Van Hollen (D-MD)