Schumer rips ‘MAGA’ Supreme Court after 9-0 vote on EPA waters rule
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., slammed the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate bodies of water, calling it a “MAGA” court even though the decision was 9-0.
On Thursday, the high court issued an opinion that narrowed the EPA’s broad definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The court said the federal government must define WOTUS as a water source with a “continuous surface connection” to major bodies of water.
The decision upended an attempt by the Biden administration to regulate wetlands, lakes, ponds, streams and other “relatively permanent” waterways, which had relied on a broad reading of the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
“This MAGA Supreme Court is continuing to erode our country’s environmental laws,” Schumer tweeted after the opinion was released. “Make no mistake – this ruling will mean more polluted water, and more destruction of wetlands.”
SUPREME COURT DELIVERS BLOW TO KEY BIDEN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IN UNANIMOUS RULING
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks to a portrait unveiling for former House Speaker Paul Ryan at the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2023. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
The ruling came down 9-0 in favor of plaintiffs Michael and Chantell