Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a bizarre claim on Twitter on Thursday that was immediately checked by Twitter’s community notes. No surprise, it was a MAGA claim.
The Empire State Senator commented on the following tweet from Wapo.
“Breaking news: The Supreme Court on Thursday cut back the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the nation’s wetlands and waterways, another setback for the agency’s authority to combat pollution.”
Schumer shared the article, blaming what he’s calling the “MAGA Supreme Court.”
“This MAGA Supreme Court is continuing to erode our country’s environmental laws. Make no mistake—this ruling will mean more polluted water, and more destruction of wetlands. We’ll keep fighting to protect our waters.”
That’s when community notes swooped in to remind Schumer of a glaring omission in his post.
“All 9 judges agreed that the EPA overstepped its authority and that the plaintiffs’ property should not be subject to EPA regulation,” the note read. “However, 4 judges disagreed with the majority’s opinion on the limits of EPA authority with respect to wetlands.”
This MAGA Supreme Court is continuing to erode our country’s environmental laws.
Make no mistake—this ruling will mean more polluted water, and more destruction of wetlands.
We’ll keep fighting to protect our waters. https://t.co/wlp1LTvZJB
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 25, 2023
The vote was unanimous, Chuck —get over it.
From Fox News:
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).
The ruling came down 9-0 in favor of plaintiffs Michael and Chantell Sackett, two Idaho residents whom the EPA prohibited from building a home near a wetland years ago.
“The EPA ordered the Sacketts to restore the site, threatening penalties of over $40,000 per day,” Alito’s majority opinion stated. “The EPA classified the wetlands on the Sacketts’ lot as ‘waters of the United States’ because they were near a ditch that fed into a creek, which fed into Priest Lake, a navigable, intrastate lake. The Sacketts sued, alleging that their property was not ‘waters of the United States.'”
However, the court split 5-4 in its analysis of how the federal government should define a water source under the Clean Water Act.
“Understanding the CWA to apply to wetlands that are distinguishable from otherwise covered ‘waters of the United States’ would substantially broaden [existing statute] to define ‘navigable waters’ as ‘waters of the United States and adjacent wetlands,'” Alito wrote.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul shared the story on Twitter.
“Congrats to the Sackett family for getting control of their property back! I first wrote about this Federal abuse in my book Government Bullies almost a decade ago.”
Congrats to the Sackett family for getting control of their property back! I first wrote about this Federal abuse in my book Government Bullies almost a decade ago.
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— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 25, 2023