Capito Votes for Bipartisan Bill to Protect U.S. Waters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the committee’s passage of S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection ActIn April, Senator Capito joined Senator John Barrasso (R-Wy.) and a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the bill as an alternative approach to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“Today, we are one step closer to reining in a deeply flawed regulation that threatens to impede small businesses, agriculture and energy production nationwide. There is no question that we need to safeguard our drinking water and precious natural resources, but the final WOTUS rule announced by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last month is the wrong approach. The Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which I proudly co-sponsored and voted for in committee today, both protects our water resources from pollution and promotes economic opportunity for our farmers and landowners.”