WOTUS

Trump administration expected to roll back clean water rule
New rule would reduce the number of waterways the federal government can protect from pollution

Wetlands and waterways such as those in the Florida Everglades, shown here, and the wildlife they sustain could be affected by the EPA's rollback of clean water protections. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The Trump administration is expected to complete on Thursday a new rule that rolls back parts of the 2015 clean water rule that expanded federal authority over the nation’s streams, rivers and wetlands.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler scheduled a “major water policy announcement” at the headquarters of the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group that has lobbied hard for the repeal of the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS.

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EPA Director Scott Pruitt arrives April 26, 2018 to testify before a House Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee on his agency's fiscal 2019 budget.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

EPA Rule in Senate Crosshairs

The Senate will soon consider a bill sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which would overturn President Barack Obama's controversial WOTUS rule . (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photos)

Updated 2:30 p.m. | The Senate will consider legislation Tuesday overturning a piece of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda, but the votes may not be there for it to advance.  

The bill , sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso, would force the Obama administration to rewrite a rule from the summer updating federal pollution regulation of streams and wetlands, which has been panned by detractors as executive overreach. "The recently finalized rule on Waters of the U.S. is the poster child of [Environmental Protection Agency] overreach," the Wyoming Republican said in a statement. "Many of my colleagues, particularly those from rural states in both parties, have talked about their concern with the rule. This will be their chance to show their constituents that they are ready to do something about it."