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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) launched a Facebook ad campaign holding Reps. Rod Blum and David Young accountable for voting in favor of the Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” to permanently block the EPA and Army Corps’ Clean Water Rule, S.J. Res. 22. The ads are part of a larger $20,000 Facebook campaign targeted to their districts and will run for about one week.
“Reps. Rod Blum and David Young did the bidding of big polluters, and put their profits ahead of the health of Iowa’s families,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “They voted for a radical assault on the clean water protections of one in three Americans.”
“This bill was an extreme attempt to permanently block these overwhelmingly popular pollution protections for the clean water our children and grandchildren drink, swim, and play in,” he continued. “Rather than opposing these critical safeguards, Reps. Blum and Young would serve their constituents far better by focusing on the issues that are leading to the water crises like we have seen in Flint, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.”
On May 27, 2015, the EPA and the Army Corps released the final Clean Water Rule, which would restore pollution protections to the small streams and wetlands that feed into the drinking water of one in three Americans. These critical safeguards protect the clean water our children and grandchildren drink, swim and play in. On November 4, 2015, the Senate voted on and passed S.J. Res. 22, a radical and obscure Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” to stop the Clean Water Rule and permanently prevent the agencies from ever issuing similar protections in the future. On January 13, 2016, the House also voted on and passed S.J. Res 22.
On January 19, 2016, President Obama vetoed this egregious assault on clean water protections. On January 21, 2016, the Senate failed to override the president’s veto.