WOTUS

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."