WOTUS in jeopardy?
Via E&E Publishing,
WOTUS critics may have gained 60th Senate vote
Opponents of the Obama administration’s controversial water rule may have won their 60th vote.
A Senate budget resolution amendment from Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that was seen by many as a referendum on the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule was approved by the upper chamber last night by a vote of 59-40. Only a simple majority was required for passage. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is already on record in opposition to the rule, did not vote. …
Yesterday, the Barrasso amendment drew the support of all of the chamber’s Republicans, Maine independent Angus King and five Democrats — Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Klobuchar is the pickup, having voted against Barrasso’s amendment in 2013.