Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe voted Thursday in favor of a H. J. Res 38, a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval to overturn the Stream Protection Rule issued by the U.S. Department of Interior. The Resolution passed the Senate by a final vote of 54-45.
“Despite its title, the stream protection rule would hurt our economy while doing little to actually protect our streams and waterways,” said Inhofe. “When I was chairman of the (U.S. Senate) Environment and Public Works Committee, a witness testified that the Stream Zone Buffer Rule is nothing but a ‘rule in search of a problem’ – in fact, it actually creates problems, costing jobs and completely reworking regulatory programs within the agency. It is for this reason that I voted for this resolution, sending it to the President’s desk. Securing this win for coal workers, their families, and our economy is a great step for the 115th Congress and the new administration as we work to end the War on Coal and undo eight years of burdensome regulations that do nothing but kill jobs.”
Inhofe has been a critic of the Obama Administration’s Stream Protection Rule for over a year now. On February 3, 2016, OK Energy Today reported about Inhofe’s challenge to the then-proposed rule.