(NCGA) -- Tuesday, January 19, President Obama vetoed S.J. Res. 22, a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers' Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS. WOTUS seeks to define the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act.
The resolution now returns to the Senate, where it must receive a two-thirds supermajority to override the veto. Given that the original resolution passed the Senate by a vote of 53-44 in November, a supermajority is unlikely.
Several lawsuits against the rule are pending. In October, a court issued a national stay to prevent implementation of the rule.
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