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Senate committee set to hear bills blocking Clean Water Act

water splashing620A Senate committee is set to hear two bills blocking the enforcement of federal rules and regulations not enacted by Congress.

Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff says his bills ensure federal agencies can’t create rules affecting states without Congress and the president enacting specifics laws.

House Bill 2058 blocks state funding for federal rules or regulations that Congress has not passed.

House Bill 2055 aims to stop state and local governments from enforcing or cooperating with the Environmental Protections Agency’s proposed changes to U.S. water rules under the Clean Water Act.

Democratic Rep. Bruce Wheeler of Tucson says Thorpe’s bills violate the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause and will result in taxpayer-funded lawsuits.

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