On Thursday, the Senate voted to roll back the Stream Protection Rule, an Obama administration regulation aimed at curbing waste from coal mines from entering waterways but that Republicans complained was an onerous job killed in coal country.The vote was 54-45 and largely along party lines though four red state Democrats supported and one moderate Republican voted against it.
The vote also came one day after the measure passed in the House 228-194 so now the bill is sent to President Donald Trump’s desk.
This is the first of what is expected to be dozens of environmental, financial disclosure and energy rules put in place by Obama in the last weeks of his tenure that GOP leaders on the Hill plan to undue using a special legislative tool known as the Congressional Review Act. Trump is also expected to sign each measure.
As reported by CNN, Democratic’s are not happy the bills are being passed. Senator Dick Durbin (IL-D) called repealing the regulation part of “Trump’s war on clean drinking water.”
Durbin also said:
Shame on us if we decide to eliminate this protection for families and run the risk, the very real risk, the pollution in those streams could cause public health issues.