18 Jun 2009 CWRA Approved by Senate Committee, As Expected
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the Clean Water Restoration Act by a party-line vote this morning.
This was expected.
Prospects for CWRA on the Senate floor are less predictable. It could go either way, although the left appears to have an advantage given 1) its control of Congress, and 2) the limited public attention (even from conservative media) the onerous provisions of this massive bill are receiving.
On a more positive note, excluding the bigger-the-government-the-better crowd, the more Americans look at this bill, the less they like it. And why would they like it? Who wants to get a federal permit, or the very least have to investigate whether they need a federal permit, just to landscape their own back yards?
It is not as though the original Clean Water Act, which is a powerful law by anyone’s definition, has been repealed or expired. We don’t need CWRA to have clean water.