From the Baltimore Sun
The House has voted to block federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet,” casting a cloud over the Obama administration’s two-year-old effort to accelerate the long-delayed cleanup of the nation’s largest estuary.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who sought the spending ban, hailed the vote late Friday night as “an important step in stopping the EPA’s regulatory power grab.” He had introduced an amendment earlier this week barring EPA spending on the bay “total maximum daily load” as the Republican-led House prepared to order more than $60 billion in spending cuts across a wide array of health, environmental and social programs over the next seven months.
“These overzealous regulations will affect everyone who lives, works, and farms in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed,” Goodlatte said in a statement reported by the Roanoke Times, “and the cost of complying with these requirements will be devastating during our current economic downturn, result in many billions of dollars in economic losses to states, cities and towns, farms and other businesses large and small…..I believe that each individual state, and the localities in each state, know better how to manage a state’s water quality goals than the bureaucrats at the EPA.”
The 230-195 vote on Goodlatte’s amendment split largely along party lines, with only eight Democrats joining Republicans in seeking to block the EPA’s bay diet. Fifteen GOP members voted against the spending.