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White House threatens to veto H.R. 2018 "Dirty Water Bill"

13 Jul 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Clean Water, Congress, Administration, House

The White House released a statement Tuesday “strongly opposing” Rep. John Mica’s (R – Fl) dirty water bill, H.R. 2018. The bill, which blocks the EPA from standardizing clean water policy on a national level, threatens to deconstruct40 years of environmental legislation. 

“The Administration strongly opposes H.R 2018 because it would significantly undermine the Clean Water Act (CWA) and could adversely affect public health, the economy, and the environment,” the White House said. “H.R. 2018 would roll back the key provisions of the CWA that have been the underpinning of 40 years of progress in making the Nation’s waters fishable, swimmable, and drinkable.” 

“If the President is presented with this legislation, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill,” the statement continued.

The House is expected to vote on the legislation Wednesday afternoon.

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