Hi Everyone – Just wanted to let you know that by a straight party line vote (12 Democrats to 7 Republicans) the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Clean Water Restoration Act on to the full Senate. Senator Barbara Boxer deserves full credit and a ton of congratulations for getting this passed. Even so, this was a compromise bill in the end and while many unwelcome amendments were defeated, the language we wanted was watered down a little (but not so much as to make it useless) and some amendments added that provided some exemptions to agriculture and wastewater treatment plants.
Nonetheless, a great victory. Now on to the full Senate and the House.