Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is looking to permanently repeal the Biden administration’s waters of the U.S. — or WOTUS, which Republicans say is overreaching and will burden farmers and businesses.
The WOTUS rule determines which waters and wetlands fall under federal protection, and is a decades-long battle in Congress, the courts and federal agencies. Capito expects a vote in March.
“I think we’ve got a good shot at getting Democratic votes because this is impacting farm lands and any kind of construction, mining, all these things,” Capito said Tuesday. Needless to say, even if the measures pass the House and Senate, President Joe Biden is expected to veto them.
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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, https://t.co/69UuwCQ3AD., is leading an effort with all 48 of her GOP colleagues to rein in regulations in the Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. https://t.co/ZP1Odufg0L
— Blfd Daily Telegraph (@BDTonline) February 8, 2023
President Biden’s new #WOTUS rule is untimely and out of touch. I’m fighting to stop him. https://t.co/ws5uTnG6Xo
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) February 13, 2023
The Biden Administration has continuously demonstrated no hesitation in asserting more power. This rule is just another example of massive government overreach and cannot stand. https://t.co/XqMKmpuwuj
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) February 10, 2023
This new @EPA WOTUS rule will end up costing every American as farmers, ranchers, & industry pay to comply with vast new federal oversight and regulation. Passage of @SenCapito’s resolution of disapproval is crucial to stop this deviation from the intent of the Clean Water Act.
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) February 6, 2023