Insular Areas and Freely Associated States Energy Development—Continuedby Senator Dianne Feinstein
Posted on 2014-12-13
FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to engage in a
colloquy with my colleague, Senator Mikulski.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I wish to discuss an important matter related to H.R. 83, the omnibus bill, with my colleague from Maryland, Senator Mikulski. As you know, section 111 of this bill for the Corps of Engineers discusses the agricultural exemptions under section 404(f)(1)(A),(C) of the Clean Water Act.
There has been some confusion as to exactly what this provision does and doesn't do. I would like to clarify that this provision does not expand or modify the current agricultural exemptions that are contained in the Clean Water Act nor does it impact the ``recapture'' provision in section 404(f)(2).
Mr. President, can the Senator from Maryland provide a further explanation of the issue? Ms. MIKULSKI. First and foremost, I wish to thank the Senator from California for her efforts in negotiating the difficult issues within the Energy and Water portion of the omnibus bill.