WASHINGTON, D.C. (WALB) - Georgia's U.S. Senators, Republicans Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, voted Wednesday to disapprove and overturn the President Obama's "Waters of the United States" regulation.
They called the rule "a massive federal land grab by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will expose farmers, ranchers, home owners, and businesses to significant compliance costs and new fines."
The Senate passed the joint resolution of disapproval by a vote of 53-44. The resolution, which would prevent the implementation of the EPA's water rule, will now head to the U.S. House of Representatives.
"The administration's 'Waters of the United States' rule allows federal bureaucrats to assert control over thousands of streams, creeks, wetlands, ponds and ditches throughout the country," said Senator Isakson. "This rule harms not only landowners, but our entire agriculture industry in Georgia. I applaud the Senate passage of Senator Ernst's resolution."
"Washington's fourth branch of government, the regulators, originally put this rule in place with complete disregard for the negative impact it would have on Georgia farmers and landowners," said Senator Perdue. "Thirty-one states have come together to stop this land grab and today we're finally putting this harmful regulation back on President Obama's desk for him to strongly reconsider."