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.