The House Bill That Funded the Federal Government

Editorial: 50 years later, the Clean Water Act is under assault

One of the hallmarks of America is our ability to do and say something just like the next guy or gal. “Sirs” are taken as being equivalent to “Misters”, or “Mister” to “Miss.” If you’re ever in doubt of your familiarity, just give yourself a pat on the back — it’s almost as good as receiving a standing ovation.

This is true not only among adults, but also among a segment of our youth whose lives were influenced by the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1950s that public rights-of-way and pollution control had to be considered under the Clean Water Act — especially since at least one of those kids is a freshman in the U.S. Congress, who, if he or she didn’t know better, might also have been influenced by the decision.

For his part, Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif, is the current chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and, as a member of the House Committee on NaturalResources for the past 10 years, he’s worked to advance the interests of the nation’s natural resources. In short, he’s been on the right side of the issue.

That’s why when the House passed a bill to fund the federal government for the next spending year on March 13, it was passed by a vote of 231-199, with 38 Republicans joining 194 Democrats in sending it the green light.

However, when Honda spoke of this bill, he said, “If we do nothing, every American will eventually have a sewage-treatment plant on every single block in our country.”

To which, for those who didn’t follow along with the news (or a particular cable news channel), the “Sew

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