The House could not overturn WOTUS veto

It’s now up to the courts to decide the fate of the updated Waters of the United States rule.

On Tuesday, the House did not override President Joe Biden’s veto for the Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval on WOTUS. The U.S. Congressman for Missouri, Sam Graves, is the resolution sponsor and tells Brownfield he is disappointed.

“This whole thing is frustrating. The president turned his back on farmers and ranchers,” says Graves. “I heard all day farmers and ranchers are exempt and yet, my farmers and ranchers are the ones getting sued by the EPA.”

Graves says another Congressional attempt is possible, but it’s hard to see a different outcome. He says it’s now up to the courts.

“The U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on WOTUS and that will come and we will have a resolution at that point. It will codify the old definition or throw it back at us.”

Graves says there is still a preliminary injunction exempting 26 states from the current WOTUS rule, but there is more work ahead.

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