McConnell sets up Senate fight on Obama water oversight rule
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE is prepping the Senate for a fight over a controversial water regulation from the Obama administration. 

The Kentucky Republican scheduled a procedural vote on whether to proceed to legislation from Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoInterior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Lobbying world A tale of two chambers: Trump's power holds in House, wanes in Senate MORE (R-Wyo.) for Tuesday afternoon. The maneuvering came after a late night of votes on a two-year budget agreement. 
 
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The proposal would require the administration to try again on crafting regulations to define the federal government's oversight of streams, wetlands and other waterways. It also provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with specific instructions and a deadline for how to write the new rule. 
 
The EPA's Waters of the United States rule has gained fierce pushback from Republicans and some Democrats, who argue that it's an overextension that would allow the agency to add ditches and puddles to its jurisdiction. 
 
Barrasso's proposal has gained the support of 43 Republican senators, as well as three Democrats — Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sanders traveling to Iowa, Indiana to pitch Biden's spending package Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampWashington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight Business groups aim to divide Democrats on .5T spending bill MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior —Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine safe for young kids MORE (W.Va.). However, Barrasso will need 60 votes to overcome Tuesday's procedural hurdle. 
 
Introducing the legislation earlier this year, the Wyoming Republican said it would give the EPA direction to help it write "a reasonable rule that will truly protect America's navigable waterways and adjacent wetlands."
 
The Senate could also turn to a separate proposal from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) that would use the Congressional Review Act — a procedural tactic to streamline blocking regulations — to overturn the EPA regulation. Forty-nine senators, all Republicans, have officially backed the proposal, which would also need to be passed by the House and signed by President Obama.