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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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