2016 Scorecard Vote
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) sponsored S.J. Res. 22, a Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval,” which would void the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Rule that protects the small streams and wetlands that feed into the drinking water of 117 million people in this country. Not only would this radical legislative tool vacate the current rule, it would also prohibit the agencies from developing any “substantially similar” rule in the future, keeping the unworkable status quo in place. This could prevent the agencies from ever issuing rules that establish Clean Water Act protections for the waters covered by the Clean Water Rule, leaving our streams, wetlands, lakes, and rivers vulnerable to pollution for generations to come. On January 19, President Obama vetoed S.J. Res. 22. On January 21, the Senate rejected the motion to end debate and proceed to the S.J. Res. 22 veto override by a vote of 52-40 (60 votes were needed to invoke cloture; Senate roll call vote 5). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.