The House of Representatives has gotten a lot of attention recently for efforts that may succeed in limiting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency in a series of legislative maneuvers on various spending bills as well as stand-alone bills. One of these bills, H.R. 2018, referred to as the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, passed by a 239-184 vote, but may well be defeated in the Senate due to its Republican-led-House origins.
The passage of the bill follows a controversial decision by the EPA to veto a permit that was several years old. This move prompted concern from the House. “There is no question that the action that we’ve seen from EPA has unleashed an unprecedented backlash,” said Rep. John Mica (R., Fla.), an author of the bill and chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. “EPA has indeed created a regulatory nightmare that affects almost every state in the union.”
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