The Anti-Environment Record of the 113th House of Representatives

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Database of Anti-Environment Votes in the 113th Congress (2013-2014)
Compiled by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Democratic Staff

Last updated June 27, 2014

To date, the House of Representatives has voted 192 times to block action to address climate change, to halt efforts to reduce air and water pollution, to undermine protections for public lands and coastal areas, and to weaken the protection of the environment in other ways. The Democratic staff for the Committee on Energy and Commerce compiled a searchable database of these votes, found below.

Summary Report: The Anti-Environment Record of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 113th Congress (December 2013)

View the database of anti-environmental votes for the 112th Congress

Total Anti-Environment Votes Under GOP House Majority in the 113th Congress:

192

Votes Targeting EPA's Authority and Funding: 50

  • Votes to block actions that prevent pollution to air, water, land: 95
  • Votes to block actions to address climate change: 54
  • Votes to weaken Clean Air Act, block action on air quality: 43
  • Votes to weaken Clean Water Act, block action on water quality: 70

Votes to Benefit the Oil and Gas Industry: 84

  • Votes targeting the Department of the Interior: 75
  • Votes to undermine protections for public lands and wilderness: 99
  • Votes targeting the Department of Energy: 46
  • Votes to defund or block clean energy initiatives: 40
Title Sponsor Statutes Agencies Description Vote Date Action Result
H.R. 4923 Lankford (R-OK) Department of Energy Prohibits DOE from using estimates of the social cost of carbon pollution in agency rulemakings.
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07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1015 Passed
227-191
H.R. 4923 Cassidy (R-LA) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from considering the greenhouse gas impacts of liquefied natural gas exports when determining whether such exports are in the public interest.
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07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1016 Passed
232-187
H.R. 4923 Speier (D-CA) Department of Energy Cuts funding for fossil energy research and development by $31 million.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.997 Defeated
184-235
H.R. 4923 Swalwell (D-CA) Department of Energy Increases funding for clean energy and renewable efficiency programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/09/2014 H.Amdt.989 Defeated
172-245
H.R. 4923 Noem (R-SD) Department of Energy Cuts funding for renewable energy programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/09/2014 H.Amdt.986 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Castor (D-FL) Department of Energy Increases funding for clean energy and renewable efficiency programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/09/2014 H.Amdt.987 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 4899 Wittman (R-VA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Allows the Secretary of the Interior to add a lease sale area even after the 5-year oil and gas leasing plan has been finalized.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.962 Passed
244-172
H.R. 4899 Lowenthal (D-CA) Department of Interior Strikes language prohibiting the Interior Department from coordinating coastal and marine spatial planning under the National Ocean Policy.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.963 Defeated
179-232
H.R. 4899 Duncan (R-SC) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Directs the Interior Department to include Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia into an administrative planning area for offshore oil and gas leasing purposes.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.964 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4899 Capps (D-CA) Department of Interior Requires the Secretary of the Interior to notify all relevant state and local regulatory agencies after receiving any application for a permit that would allow the conduct of any offshore oil and gas stimulation activities.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.966 Defeated
183-227
H.R. 4899 Blumenauer (D-OR) Requires oil and gas companies holding royalty-free offshore leases to renegotiate those leases prior to bidding on new leases.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.968 Defeated
179-229
H.R. 4899 Bishop (D-NY) Department of Interior Requires major oil and gas companies to forgo certain tax benefits before obtaining new leases on public lands.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
177-235
H.R. 4899 Hastings (R-WA)
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Department of Interior Opens new onshore and offshore areas to oil and gas drilling with limited environmental review and public input. Directs federal land managers to manage lands for the primary purpose of energy and mineral production at the expense of other uses.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 Final Passage
H.R. 4899 Deutch (D-FL) Strikes language in the bill stating that legal action involving an oil and gas leasing decision takes precedence over all other pending matters before a federal district court.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.967 Defeated
188-223
H.R. 4899 Bishop (R-UT) Department of Interior Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior from canceling, deferring or withdrawing any lease previously announced to be auctioned after the public comment period has expired.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/26/2014 H.Amdt.969 Passed
241-171
H.R. 6 Gardner (R-CO) Department of Energy Disrupts the Department of Energy’s existing approval process for the export of liquefied natural gas. Sets arbitrary deadlines that would truncate DOE’s public interest reviews, limiting DOE’s ability to weigh the pros and cons of projects.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/25/2014 Final Passage Passed
266-150
H.R. 3301 Upton (R-MI) National Environmental Policy Act Eliminates the existing permitting process for cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines and replaces it with a process that blocks meaningful environmental review and rubber-stamps permits.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/24/2014 Final Passage Passed
238-173
H.R. 3301 Pallone (D-NJ) National Environmental Policy Act Requires a thorough environmental review of the full length of cross-border pipelines and energy projects.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/24/2014 H.Amdt. Defeated
176-233
H.R. 3301 Waxman (D-CA) Excludes any project with a pending permit application, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, from the bill’s new rubberstamp approval process.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/24/2014 H.Amdt. Defeated
171-240
H.R. 3301 Welch (D-VT) National Environmental Policy Act Requires a thorough environmental review of all modifications to cross-border pipelines and energy projects.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/24/2014 H.Amdt. Defeated
176-234
H.R. 3301 Schneider (D-IL) Blocks approval of a cross-border oil pipeline if it could result in toxic chemicals entering the Great Lakes or drinking water supplies or if the pipeline's owner or operator was previously responsible for a major spill.
Floor debate: TEXT |
06/24/2014 MTR Defeated
185-227
H.R. 4870 McClintock (R-CA) Department of Defense Blocks statutory requirements and executive orders on renewable fuels, efficient vehicles, recycled materials, and sustainable environmental practices.
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06/20/2014 H.Amdt.929 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4870 Conaway (R-TX)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Blocks funds for construction of a planned Department of Defense and USDA biofuels refinery.
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06/20/2014 H.Amdt.937 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4870 Blumenauer (D-OR) Department of Defense Increases funding for environmental restoration at formerly used defense sites.
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06/19/2014 H.Amdt.885 Defeated
179-242
H.R. 4870 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Defense Blocks enforcement of Energy Independence and Security Act provisions that prohibit the government from entering into long-term contracts for the procurement of alternative fuels that are more polluting than conventional fuels.
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06/19/2014 H.Amdt.913 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4870 McKinley (R-WV) Department of Defense Blocks DOD from using funds to contribute to the U.S. National Climate Assessment and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. Blocks DOD from accounting for the cost of carbon pollution in agency actions.
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06/19/2014 H.Amdt.915 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4870 Murphy (R-PA) Department of Defense Reduces funds for environmental restoration at Department of Defense sites.
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06/18/2014 H.Amdt.884 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4660 Meadows (R-NC) Blocks the United States from entering into a trade agreement that establishes a limit on greenhouse gas emissions.
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/30/2014 H.Amdt.771 Passed
226-179
H.R. 4660 Hastings (R-WA) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Blocks the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from using funds to implement buffer zones along rivers important to the recovery of salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/29/2014 H.Amdt.740 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4660 Flores (R-TX) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Prohibits use of funds to implement the National Ocean Policy, which was created to strengthen U.S. stewardship of the oceans and Great Lakes.
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/29/2014 H.Amdt.751 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4660 Salmon (R-AZ) Prohibits the National Science Foundation from funding research into the impact of climate change on tea cultivation.
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/29/2014 H.Amdt.762 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4660 Perry (R-PA) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Blocks NOAA from using funds to contribute to the U.S. National Climate Assessment and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report. Blocks NOAA from accounting for the cost of carbon pollution in agency actions.
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/29/2014 H.Amdt.766 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4660 Holt (D-NJ) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Transfers $37.5 million within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the purpose of climate change research.
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/28/2014 H.Amdt.702 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 4435 McKinley (R-WV) Department of Defense Prohibits DOD from using estimates of the social cost of carbon pollution in agency rulemakings and blocks DOD from participating in climate science research activities.#page=14
Floor debate: TEXT |
05/21/2014 H.Amdt.671 Passed
231-192
H.Con.Res.96 Ryan (R-WI)
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Requires drastic budget cuts for environmental protection, clean energy, coastal protection, and climate programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
04/10/2014 Final Passage Passed
219-205
H.R. 1459 Bishop (R-UT) Weakens the President's authority to designate and protect lands as national monuments under the Antiquities Act.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/26/2014 Final Passage Passed
222-201
H.R. 2824 Johnson (R-OH) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Department of Interior Blocks the Department of the Interior from issuing rules to protect streams from the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining and forces states to adopt an inadequate rule vacated by the courts.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/25/2014 Final Passage Passed
229-192
H.R. 2824 Lowenthal (D-CA) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Department of Interior Requires states to implement existing federal rules protecting streams from mountaintop removal coal mining waste unless the federal rules would provide less protection than state programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/25/2014 H.Amdt.599 Defeated
188-231
H.R. 2824 Cartwright (D-PA) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Department of Interior Retains states' authority to establish programs to protect streams from mountaintop removal coal mining waste.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/25/2014 H.Amdt.600 Defeated
196-225
H.R. 3189 Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Clarifies that the bill does not prevent the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from protecting recreational fishing, mitigating drought conditions, facilitating fire suppression, and protecting tribal treaty rights.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/13/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
183-227
H.R. 3189 Hastings (R-WA)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Strips federal land management agencies of ability to condition water use in their permitting processes, impeding efforts to protect rivers and other water resources for fish, wildlife, and recreation.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/13/2014 Final Passage Passed
238-174
H.R. 3826 Smith (R-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Expands the scope of the bill to remove EPA’s authority to require carbon pollution reductions from any fossil fuel-fired power plant.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.576 Passed
230-184
H.R. 3826 Capps (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Allows EPA to consider all pollution control technologies used in the United States or elsewhere when setting new power plant carbon standards.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.577 Defeated
184-228
H.R. 3826 Schakowsky (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency States that Congress accepts the scientific finding of EPA that greenhouse gas pollution is "contributing to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects."
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.581 Defeated
190-221
H.R. 2641 Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Strikes provisions in the bill that deem environmental permits and licenses approved if an agency does not act within an arbitrary time-frame.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.584 Defeated
180-228
H.R. 2641 McKinley (R-WV)
Clean Air Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Prohibits federal agencies from considering the "social cost of carbon" in conducting environmental reviews or in environmental decision-making.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.585 Passed
222-188
H.R. 2641 Webster (R-FL)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Extends the bill's provisions to apply retroactively to pending construction projects that require federal approval or federal permitting.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.586 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 2641 Nadler (D-NY) Nuclear Regulatory Commission Exempts from the bill any construction project for a nuclear facility planned in an area designated as an earthquake fault zone.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.587 Defeated
187-220
H.R. 3826 Brownley (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency States that the bill's limits on EPA authority to cut carbon pollution do not apply to rules that save consumers money on their electricity bills.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
184-223
H.R. 2641 DelBene (D-WA)
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Ensures that bill does not weaken environmental review of projects that affect safe drinking water or air quality of local communities, among other measures.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
190-217