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Senate moves to advance Clean Water Rule disapproval

Shortly after voting not to end debate on a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw their Clean Water Rule and start over, the Senate voted 55-43 to move ahead with consideration of a joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, calling for the disapproval of the rule, which is also known as the Waters of the United States rule.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a supporter of both measures, said, "Unfortunately, a filibuster by a minority of the Senate and a veto threat by the president will ensure that the courts decide this instead of the representatives of the American people.”

The White House Office of Management and Budget said that President Barack Obama's advisers would recommend a veto if the bill reached his desk.