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H.R. 1732: Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015

May 12, 2015 at 7:32 p.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1732 (114th) in the House.

The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act would roll back a new regulation that redefines “waters of the United States.” The regulation both expands the list of bodies of water that would be covered by the Clean Water Act and also carves out new exceptions for certain land used for agriculture. The proposed bill was passed by the House and awaits committee assignment in the Senate.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA9), the the sponsor of the bill, as well as other proponents of H.R. 1732 such as Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH8), say the rule over-regulates smaller bodies of water, to the detriment of farmers and small businesses (Shuster's and Boehner's statements). To prevent this the bill would require that the rule be rewritten, and includes a series of expectations before a new rule may be proposed. Included in these are the requirements that the Army and EPA, which jointly issued the rule, wait at least 180 days for public comments on the revised rule. Environmentalist organizations such as Environment America find that the expansion of the definition is a necessary change to better maintain a clean water supply, and so they hope to prevent H.R. 1732 from becoming law.

Totals

All Votes R D
Aye 63%
 
 
261
237
 
24
 
No 37%
 
 
155
0
 
155
 
Not Voting
 
 
16
7
 
9
 

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source: house.gov.

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