You're Either For Clean Water or You're Not: House Vote On Farm Bill Amendment Will Show the Public Where Congress Stands

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Washington, DC -- The House of Representatives is voting on the Farm Bill including a dirty water amendment. This amendment would repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule which clarified that streams, wetlands, and the drinking water sources for more than 1 in 3 people are protected by the Clean Water Act. And it would weaken the Clean Water Act, jeopardize bodies of water and vital water resources across the country, increase confusion for businesses, and put communities at risk from increased water contamination.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:

"Somehow the House of Representatives found a way to make the Farm Bill even worse by introducing this reckless dirty water amendment. The House Farm Bill was already a partisan disaster before this amendment. The Farm Bill would weaken vital conservation programs that protect water across the country and put the health of millions of low income Americans at risk by limiting access to, and increasing requirements, for SNAP benefits. And now they want use the bill to gut the Clean Water Act.

Our Representatives have a choice today: stand with corporate polluters by voting to repeal drinking water protections for more than 117 million of us and also gut the Clean Water Act or they can represent their constituents and put health and people first by rejecting this outrageous amendment, and voting NO on the Farm Bill itself.  Any member who votes for this amendment is voting to give a free pass for polluters to put our water at risk. They are voting to throw out a robust rulemaking process and the comments of more than a million Americans who have weighed in to support the rule. They are voting to reject science. And they are tossing out the broad protections the Clean Water Act was intended to provide.

We're going to fight this every step of the way, and we'll be joined by the majority of the public who expect our elected officials to put our interests first, not those of corporate polluters and special interests."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly