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Obama protects Clean Water Act from GOP effort | MSNBC

(MSNBC)  Steve Benen, January 22, 2016 — Within weeks of the 2014 midterm elections, the new Republican-led Congress made clear one of its priorities would be trying to limit the Clean Water Act. The Obama administration’s EPA expanded pollution restrictions on previously unregulated waters – through a policy called the Waters of the United States rule – and conservatives said this could not stand.

And for the most part, Republicans took some steps towards their goal. Using “a rarely invoked law known as the Congressional Review Act,” GOP lawmakers voted in November for a measure, championed by far-right Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Okla.), to curtail the Clean Water Act. It passed both chambers.

As a practical matter, though, Republicans were just wasting their own time – they knew President Obama would veto the effort, and this week, he did exactly that.

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