After the “Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (H.R. 5078) was passed earlier this month in the U.S. House, Senator Pat Roberts (R – Kansas) has called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to act on the House bill (or proposed Senate bills) to “stop this attack on rural America.”   Senator Roberts, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, is an original cosponsor of the “Protecting Water and Property Rights Act” (S. 1006) and the Preserve the Waters of the United States Act” and has been an outspoken opponent of the EPA/ACOE proposed rule. 

The Obama administration, on the other hand, has threatened to veto any bill that would block the EPA from redefining its federal jurisdiction.  In a notice to House leaders, the White House wrote that “Clarifying the scope of the [Clean Water Act] helps to protect clean water, safeguard public health, and strengthen the economy.”