WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to
repeal a regulation aimed at cutting water pollution from
coal-mining waste, in the first successful use of a law known as
the Congressional Review Act in more than 15 years.
In a vote of 54 to 45, the Senate approved a resolution
already passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday to
kill the rule intended to keep water sources in areas of
mountaintop removal coal mining clear of waste. The resolution
now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it
Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the
White House, are currently attacking regulations they consider
abusive and straining on the national economy. They considered
the “Stream Protection Rule” an assault on coal-related jobs
that usurped state rights and also gave too much power to
federal bureaucrats who are not accountable to voters.
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