Updated: Jul 23, 2020
By Sarah Everhart
Using the ninth veto of his presidency, President Obama vetoed the congressional resolution meant to void the EPA’s “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule redefining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
“Because this resolution seeks to block the progress represented by this rule and deny businesses and communities the regulatory certainty and clarity needed to invest in projects that rely on clean water, I cannot support it,” Obama said in his veto message.
Supporters of the resolution were unable to assembly a veto-proof, two-thirds majority in either the House and Senate.
The WOTUS rule took effect last August, but courts have put it on hold nationwide while legal challenges are considered.
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