By Jacob Fischler | Idaho Capital Sun

The U.S. House voted Thursday to undo a Biden administration definition of wetlands that allows for regulations on private lands.

The chamber approved, 227-198, a resolution to roll back the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s broader definition of what qualifies as “waters of the United States,” or WOTUS, for the purposes of federal regulation under the Clean Water Act. The move was largely symbolic, as President Joe Biden has said he intends to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.


Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher said in a statement via Twitter that the WOTUS regulations are a costly, burdensome policy for Idaho’s agriculture and outdoors communities. He said he would actively work with U.S. senators to pass the resolution once their chamber picks up the measure for consideration.

“This rule expands the federal government’s control over states, private landowners and localities — making it tougher to farm, build and prosper,” he said.

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