WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — By a vote of 36-22, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that would send the administration’s proposed rule redefining federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act back to the drawing board.
With the proposed rule now moving into the final stages of the interagency review before finalization, the Transportation Committee Republican leadership is working to halt the rule before it goes into effect. This bill would stop the proposed rule (or final rule, if it’s finalized before bill passage) and force EPA and the Corps to re- consult with state and local governments, as well as industry, before issuing a new proposed rule. This legislation is similar to a bill that passed the House last year with strong bipartisan support.
AGC sent a letter in support of the legislation and signed on to a coalition letter in support as well. AGC will continue to fight for a rule that is fair and predictable for the construction industry, and to educate members of Congress about the construction impacts of the agencies’ efforts.