S. 1140: Federal Water Quality Protection Act


Apr 30, 2015


Failed Cloture on Nov 3, 2015

This bill is provisionally dead due to a failed vote for cloture on November 3, 2015. Cloture is required to move past a Senate filibuster or the threat of a filibuster and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass cloture to move forward in the Senate.


John Barrasso

Junior Senator from Wyoming



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Last Updated: Jul 16, 2015
Length: 54 pages


15% chance of being enacted (details)

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to require the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to propose a regulation revising the definition of the term "waters of the United States", and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.


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 ...

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Apr 30, 2015

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jun 10, 2015
Reported by Committee

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

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.

Passed Senate

Passed House

Signed by the President

This page is about 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.

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