Senate legislation would block EPA clean water rules

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto a Senate bill that would block new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development.

Senators are voting Tuesday on whether to consider the bill. Most Democrats are opposed to the legislation, saying that the Obama administration rules will safeguard drinking water for 117 million Americans and should remain in place.

Republicans and some Democrats from rural states say they fear a steady uptick in federal regulation of every stream and ditch.

Federal courts have already put the rules on hold as they consider a number of lawsuits that were filed after the Environmental Protection Agency issued them in May.

The White House said the regulations are "essential to ensure clean water for future generations."