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The House on Tuesday evening voted down two Democratic amendments to the 2014 energy and water bill aimed at giving the Obama administration flexibility to impose environmental regulations, and others aimed at boosting funding for renewable energy programs.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) proposed two of these amendments to the bill, H.R. 2609, both of which were rejected in roll call votes.

His first proposal was to eliminate language in the bill that would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from changing current guidance on how the federal government defines waters subject to the Clean Water Act. Republicans say the Obama administration is seeking to broaden the definition of covered waters in a way that would prove too intrusive, and favor the funding limitation language in the bill.

Members killed Moran’s proposal in a 177-236 vote.