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S. 1140 (114th): Federal Water Quality Protection Act

About the bill

This is legislation that would direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to revise its definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to take into account the limits of the Clean Water Act’s jurisdiction — as established by court decisions — and the impact on small businesses and state and local governments.

“The recently finalized rule on [WOTUS] is the posterchild of EPA overreach,” asserted Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), sponsor of the bill, referring to a final rule issued by the Corps and EPA earlier this year that defines the scope of protected waters under the Clean Water Act. EPA and the Corps have had statutory authority to regulate pollutants in navigable waters for decades, but Barrasso believes these agencies have “gradually asserted broader authority …

Sponsor and status

John Barrasso

Sponsor. Senator for Wyoming. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2015
Length: 54 pages
Apr 30, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called "suspension", or while resolving differences on November 3, 2015.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


47 Cosponsors (43 Republicans, 4 Democrats)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]: Federal Water Quality Protection Act (Nov 3, 2015)

What legislators are saying

Senate Majority Votes to Stop EPA Water Rule
    — Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY] (Sponsor) on Nov 3, 2015

Senate to Consider Measure to Halt Administrations Cynical Waterways Regulation
    — Sen. Mitch McConnell [R-KY] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 3, 2015

Rogers Votes to Block Rule to Redefine Waters of the U.S.
    — Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] on Jan 13, 2016

More statements at ProPublica Represent...


Apr 30, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

May 19, 2015
Considered by Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 10, 2015
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jul 16, 2015
Reported by Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Nov 3, 2015
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

S. 1140 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1140. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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