Federal - HR 1732

A bill to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States (official title to be confirmed.)

Introduced

April 13, 2015

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A bill to preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States (official title to be confirmed.)

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Co-Sponsors 70

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  • July 14, 2016 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Congressional Record p. S5151

  • Jan. 8, 2016John Lewis, D-Ga., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.181, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E23

  • Jan. 8, 2016John Lewis, D-Ga., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.180, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E23

  • Jan. 8, 2016John Lewis, D-Ga., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.179, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E23

  • May 13, 2015Rokita, R-Ind., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.218, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E695

  • May 13, 2015Rokita, R-Ind., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.217, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E695

  • May 13, 2015Rokita, R-Ind., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.219, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E695

  • May 13, 2015Capps, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.219, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E691

  • May 13, 2015Capps, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.218, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E691

  • May 13, 2015Capps, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.217, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E691

  • May 13, 2015DesJarlais, R-Tenn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.217, and would have voted nay if present. Congressional Record p. E691

  • May 13, 2015DesJarlais, R-Tenn., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.219, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E691

  • May 13, 2015 — Received in the Senate and held at the desk. Congressional Record p. S2848

  • May 12, 2015House Vote 219 Waters of the United States — Passage
    Passage of the bill that would effectively block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing a proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The bill would require the agencies to withdraw the proposal and develop a new rule with consultation from state and local officials and stakeholders. In consulting with state and local officials, the EPA and the corps would be required to seek to reach consensus on the definition of "waters of the United States;" preserve the primary rights and responsibilities of the states to protect water quality and control development of land and water resources in the states; and protect the rights of private property owners over natural and man-made water features. Passed 261-155. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position. Congressional Record p. H2854

  • May 12, 2015House Vote 218 Waters of the United States — Recommit
    Aguilar, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with instructions to report back with an amendment that would add provisions that would direct the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency in the process of rulemaking required by the bill, to protect the quality and integrity of surface waters and wetlands available: for public water supplies, to mitigate against harmful impacts of drought in California and other western states, for agricultural uses, and to mitigate against adverse impacts of flooding and coastal storms. Motion rejected 175-241. Congressional Record p. H2852-H2853

  • May 12, 2015 — Committee of the Whole substitute amendment, as amended, adopted by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H2852

  • May 12, 2015 — Kildee, D-Mich., amendment no. 2, to require the Environmental Protection Agency to review each permit program administered by a state under the Clean Water Act for compliance with the final "waters of the United States" rule. States would have two years to become compliant, and the EPA could not withdraw their permits in that period for violation of the rule, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2839

  • May 12, 2015House Vote 217 Waters of the United States — Final Rule
    Edwards, D-Md., amendment that would allow the currently proposed "waters of the United States" rule, as well as any newly developed rule, to be implemented as long as the final rule meets certain requirements. A final rule could not expand the scope of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act beyond those bodies of water covered prior to Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006, would need to be consistent with the latest peer-reviewed scientific studies and would need to be promulgated with input from state and localgovernments and from the public. The amendment would list specific bodies of water that could not be more regulated under a final rule (including drainage ditches and artificial farm and stock ponds). Rejected 167-248. Congressional Record p. H2837-H2839, H2851-H2852

  • May 12, 2015 — Considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H2827-H2840, H2851-H2854

  • April 30, 2015House Vote 181 Waters of the U.S., Budget Resolution, D.C. Reproductive Health — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 231) providing for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1732) that would prohibit EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing the currently proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States," the fiscal 2016 budget conference report (S Con Res 11) and the joint resolution (H J Res 43) disapproving the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. Adopted 242-181. Congressional Record p. H2684

  • April 30, 2015House Vote 180 Waters of the U.S., Budget Conference Report, D.C. Reproductive Health — Previous Question
    Woodall, R-Ga., motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 231) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1732) that would prohibit EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing the currently proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States," the fiscal 2016 budget conference report (S Con Res 11) and the joint resolution (H J Res 43) disapproving the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. Motion agreed to 241-181. Congressional Record p. H2683-H2684

  • April 30, 2015House Vote 179 Waters of the U.S., Budget Conference Report, D.C. Reproductive Health — Question of Consideration
    Question of whether the House should consider the rule (H Res 231) that would provide for further House floor consideration of the bill (HR 1732) that would prohibit EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing or implementing the currently proposed rule regarding the definition of the "Waters of the United States," the fiscal 2016 budget conference report (S Con Res 11) and the joint resolution (H J Res 43) disapproving the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. Agreed to consider 240-174. Note: Watson-Coleman, D-N.J., had raised a point of order that the rule would violate clause clause 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act, regarding unfunded mandates. Congressional Record p. H2672-H2674

  • April 29, 2015 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 231, reported to the House as a rule for HR 1732.

  • April 29, 2015Statement of Administration Policy issued by Office of Management and Budget.

  • April 29, 2015 — House Rules Committee granted a structured rule providing for consideration of the bill. Congressional Record p. H2623, H2652 D467

  • April 29, 2015 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Rules Committee.

    April 29, 2015 — Committee Vote: Rule for Consideration of HR 1732, WOTUS; S Con Res 11, Budget Agreement; and H J Res 43, D.C. Disapproval Resolution — Open Rule
    McGovern, D-Mass. —

    Amendment that would provide for an open rule for the Waters of the United States bill.

    Rejected by voice vote.
  • April 27, 2015 — Reported to the House amended by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 114-93Congressional Record p. H2474

  • April 27, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 7

    Abraham, (R-La.)Gibson, C. (R-N.Y.)Wagner, (R-Mo.)
    Carter, J. (R-Texas)McKinley, (R-W.Va.)
    Fleischmann, (R-Tenn.)Stutzman, (R-Ind.)
  • April 23, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 8

    Curbelo, (R-Fla.)Hunter, (R-Calif.)Rogers, H. (R-Ky.)
    Farenthold, (R-Texas)Mica, (R-Fla.)Stefanik, (R-N.Y.)
    Hanna, (R-N.Y.)Rice, T. (R-S.C.)
  • April 22, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Harris, (R-Md.)Roby, (R-Ala.)Ross, D. (R-Fla.)
    Jenkins, E. (R-W.Va.)Rooney, (R-Fla.)Sanford, (R-S.C.)
  • April 16, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 14

    Allen, (R-Ga.)Huelskamp, (R-Kan.)Roe, (R-Tenn.)
    Bucshon, (R-Ind.)Kline, J. (R-Minn.)Russell, (R-Okla.)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)Luetkemeyer, (R-Mo.)Simpson, M. (R-Idaho)
    Fincher, (R-Tenn.)Mullin, (R-Okla.)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Graves, G. (R-La.)Poliquin, (R-Maine)
  • April 15, 2015 — Transportation & Infrastructure Committee vote: Waters of the United States Rule-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full House 36-22.

  • April 15, 2015 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    April 15, 2015 — Committee Vote: Waters of the United States Rule — Public Water Supply Protection
    Norton, D-D.C. —

    To ensure that the authority of the EPA and the secretary of the Army to protect the quality of surface water used for public water supplies is not affected by anything in the bill.

    Rejected 23-33.

    April 15, 2015 — Committee Vote: Waters of the United States Rule — Federal Deference to States
    Huffman, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would continue the recognition of federal deference to state primacy in the development of water law, the governance of water rights and the establishment of the legal system by which states mediate disputes over water use.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    April 15, 2015 — Committee Vote: Waters of the United States Rule — Vote to Report

    Require the secretary of the Army and the administrator of the EPA to withdraw the proposed definition of Waters of the United States and any final rule based on the proposed rule within 30 days of the enactment of the legislation.

    The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are directed to develop a new proposed rule to define the waters of the United States and to take into consideration comments received on the prior proposed WOTUS rule; comprehensive regulatory and economic impact analyses; a report titled Connectivity of Streams & Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review & Synthesis of Scientific Evidence; and consultations with state and local officials, stakeholders and other interested parties on how to define the term waters of the United States as used in the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

    Consultations with state and local officials, stakeholders and others would begin within three months after the enactment of the legislation.

    Within three months after consultations are completed, EPA and the corps will publish in the Federal Register the new proposed rule and a description of areas and issues where the agencies reached a consensus with the parties consulted. The agencies must hold a public comment and review period of at least 180 days.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House 36-22.
  • April 14, 2015 — Additional cosponsor(s): 9

    Ashford, (D-Neb.)Collins, C. (R-N.Y.)Tipton, (R-Colo.)
    Blum, (R-Iowa)Duncan, John (R-Tenn.)Valadao, (R-Calif.)
    Brooks, S. (R-Ind.)Goodlatte, R. (R-Va.)Webster, (R-Fla.)
  • April 13, 2015 — Original cosponsor(s): 26

    Babin, (R-Texas)Hardy, (R-Nev.)Rokita, (R-Ind.)
    Barletta, (R-Pa.)Hartzler, (R-Mo.)Rouzer, (R-N.C.)
    Conaway, (R-Texas)Katko, (R-N.Y.)Smith, Lamar (R-Texas)
    Crawford, (R-Ark.)Labrador, (R-Idaho)Upton, (R-Mich.)
    Davis, R. (R-Ill.)Massie, (R-Ky.)Walorski, (R-Ind.)
    Denham, (R-Calif.)Meadows, (R-N.C.)Walters, (R-Calif.)
    Gibbs, B. (R-Ohio)Miller, C. (R-Mich.)Woodall, (R-Ga.)
    Gosar, (R-Ariz.)Peterson, C. (D-Minn.)Young, D. (R-Alaska)
    Graves, S. (R-Mo.)Ribble, (R-Wis.)
  • April 13, 2015 — Read twice and referred to: House Transportation and Infrastructure.Congressional Record p. H2151