UPDATED 6:18 AM PT — Fri. June 22, 2018
The Senate recently blocked a repeal of the Obama-era clean water rule.
Lawmakers voted 62-to-34 on Thursday to keep the EPA regulation known as ‘Waters of the United States’ intact.
The bill extends federal power to small bodies of water, which supporters say protects waterways from pollution.
While Republicans have opposed the bill, 20 GOP senators joined Democrats to block the repeal.
This comes as Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt plans to repeal the regulation, and then replace it with a more industry-friendly alternative.
The Office of Management and Budget is in the process of reviewing the proposal before it’s released to the public.