U.S. House defends legislation to block CWA jurisdiction authority

U.S. House of Representatives voted down an amendment Friday by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., which would have prevented Congress from defunding the implementation of over-reaching Clean Water Act (CWA) “Waters of the U.S.” jurisdictional guidance. This guidance is being fast-tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The House is currently considering the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, HR 5325, which contains a section that blocks funding to finalize or implement the EPA/Corps Clean Water Act (CWA) guidance. TSCRA asked all Texas and Oklahoma representatives to oppose the Moran amendment and keep language preventing CWA jurisdiction expansion intact. The House has not concluded consideration of the bill as a whole, but final passage is expected on Tuesday, June 5.