Steny Hoyer

U.S. House again votes to restrict federal enforcement of Chesapeake Bay cleanup

U.S. House again votes to restrict federal enforcement of Chesapeake Bay cleanup

For the second time in a year, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to restrict the federal government from penalizing states for missing pollution-reduction goals — such as those guiding cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

The measure was again pushed by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who says the Environmental Protection Agency has been “hijacking states’ water quality strategies.”

It was attached to a bill approved Thursday that includes budget appropriations for EPA and Department of Interior programs.

Maryland’s congressional delegation voted 7-0 against the amendment, with Rep. Steny Hoyer not voting. The amendment passed 213-202.

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