Nov 03 2015

Shelby Votes to Rein in EPA, Protect Waters of the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – Tuesday, November 03, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released a statement following the Senate’s vote on the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which he cosponsors:

“The EPA’s rule redefining ‘waters of the United States’ is yet another land grab by this Administration, which would place control of waterways across the country in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.  This rule stands as further evidence that the Obama Administration is more focused on achieving an unprecedented expansion of federal power than actually ensuring access to clean water. 

“Once again, Senate Democrats have chosen bureaucratic red-tape over common sense reforms.  However, I will continue to support efforts to block the implementation of this job-destroying rule as well as the EPA’s broad, unchecked regulatory power under this Administration.”

Note: The motion to proceed to the Federal Water Quality Protection Act failed by a vote of 57-41, falling short of the 60-vote threshold.