30 Jun '11, 9pm

Why is the House voting against #CleanWater?

As a young EPA staffer, I worked with the congressional committee staffs on what is properly entitled the “Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1977 [Commonly Referred to as the Clean Water Act].” At the first Conference between the House and the Senate, there was a 45 minute debate on what the title would be. The House wanted the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1977; the Senate wanted Clean Water Act. The House argued the pollution needed to be controlled under federal standards; the Senate wanted to be more goal-oriented and aim for clean water. I turned to the person sitting next to me when the title was finally agreed to and said “if they debate 45 minutes on the title, this bill is dead.” I was wrong. There was a strong bipartisan, bicameral support for protecting our waters. Americans then, and now, want government to protect them from threats that we, as in...

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