EPA Ready to Rush WOTUS Out as Final Rule Before Memorial Day- Rep. Markwayne MullinThu, 14 May 2015 05:06:45 CDT
Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin believes that enough Democrats might rethink their votes on HR 1732- the bill that tells the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to withdraw their proposed rule on WOTUS(Clean Water Act Changes)- that a Presidential veto could be overridden. Earlier this week, the House passed the Regulatory Protection Act of 2015 by a 261 to 155 margin- well short of the two thirds majority needed to overturn a Barrack Obama veto.
The legislation would require consultation with stakeholders, including those in the public and private sector, state and local governments, before any new rule is drafted. Additionally, all submitted public comments must be carefully considered in any additional rulemaking efforts.
Congressman Mullin told Oklahoma Farm Bureau reporter Sam Knipp "there's a possibility that we could have a veto override. It's really hard to find someone, even on the Democrat side, that thinks that this is a good idea." Mullin, in a news release on his Congressional website, calls the proposed WOTUS rule "deeply flawed." Click here to see the complete news release.
While Congress works to slow down or stop the implementation of WOTUS, the Obama Administration appears to have no intention of stopping or reconsidering the process. The real problem facing the opponents of WOTUS may be the desire of Gina McCarty, Administrator of EPA, to rush a final rule out that she claims addresses all the concerns raised during the comment period of this past year. Mullin says in his interview "the bad news is that the White House is wanting them to move forward with this- and we actually got word today that they are actually speeding up the process and is wanting to start implementing this as soon as Memorial weekend. They're trying to get ahead of the Senate to keep the Senate from acting, because we all know, that once something is implemented, it is very hard to undo. So, we feel like the next challenge may have to come from the court system."
You can hear Congressman Mullin's specific comments quoted above by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
You can hear the complete conversation that the Congressman had with Sam Knipp by clicking here.
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