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 April 17, 2014

To date, the House of Representatives has voted 164 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)

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

164

Votes Targeting EPA's Authority and Funding: 51

  • Votes to block actions that prevent pollution to air, water, land: 87
  • Votes to block actions to address climate change: 44
  • Votes to weaken Clean Air Act, block action on air quality: 44
  • Votes to weaken Clean Water Act, block action on water quality: 68

Votes to Benefit the Oil and Gas Industry: 67

  • Votes targeting the Department of the Interior: 69
  • Votes to undermine protections for public lands and wilderness: 88
  • Votes targeting the Department of Energy: 46
  • Votes to defund or block clean energy initiatives: 38
Title Sponsor Statutes Agencies Description Vote Date Action Result
H.Con.Res.96 Woodall (R-GA)
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Calls for more drastic budget cuts than those required in the Ryan budget, gutting environmental protection, clean energy, coastal protection, and climate programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
04/10/2014 H.Amdt.615 Defeated
133-291
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
H.R. 2641 Marino (R-PA)
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
Significantly weakens environmental and public review of energy, infrastructure, and other construction projects.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 Final Passage Passed
229-179
H.R. 2641 Johnson (D-GA)
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
Clarifies that nothing in the bill changes or limits any law or regulation allowing for public comment or participation in an agency decision making process.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.588 Defeated
192-217
H.R. 3826 Whitfield (R-KY) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Eliminates EPA’s authority to require carbon pollution reductions from both new and existing coal-fired power plants.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 Final Passage Passed
229-182
H.R. 3826 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that the bill takes effect only after identifying an alternative plan that achieves the same carbon pollution reductions as the EPA power plant rules.
Floor debate: TEXT |
03/06/2014 H.Amdt.583 Defeated
178-231
H.R. 899 Foxx (R-NC)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Adds layers of procedural steps to the rulemaking process, undermining the ability of federal agencies to develop critical public health and safety protections.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/28/2014 Final Passage Passed
234-176
H.R. 899 Connolly (D-VA)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Ensures that key stakeholders, such as public interest organizations, are afforded the same opportunities for consultation on a rule as the private sector.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/28/2014 H.Amdt.574 Defeated
194-216
H.R. 899 Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Exempts from the bill any rule that would generate benefits for the public that exceed potential regulatory costs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/28/2014 H.Amdt.575 Defeated
180-232
H.R. 2804 Holding (R-NC)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Adds a statutory delay to all rules, adds dozens of procedural hurdles, and requires agencies to choose the least costly regulatory option, regardless of science and impacts on human health and the environment.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/27/2014 Final Passage Passed
236-179
H.R. 2804 Rothfus (R-PA), Barr (R-KY)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Slows the regulatory process by adding another layer of analysis to agency rulemakings.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/27/2014 H.Amdt.561 Passed
249-162
H.R. 2804 Connolly (D-VA)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency Exempts from the bill any rule pertaining to air quality or water quality and any consent decree or settlement agreement pertaining to such rule.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/27/2014 H.Amdt.565 Defeated
181-235
H.R. 2804 Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Johnson (D-GA)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Exempts from the bill any rule that would result in net job creation or generate benefits that exceed costs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/27/2014 H.Amdt.567 Defeated
179-235
H.R. 2804 Esty (D-CT)
Clean Water Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency Exempts from the bill any rule that protects food safety and drinking water, among other rules.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/27/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
187-229
H.R. 2804 Murphy (D-FL)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Strikes sections of bill that impose additional burdensome requirements on agency rulemakings.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/26/2014 H.Amdt.560 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 2804 Brady (R-TX)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Imposes additional bureaucratic requirements on federal agencies issuing rules to protect human health and the environment.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/26/2014 H.Amdt.562 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 2804 Johnson (D-GA)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Magnuson-Stevens Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Superfund
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Agriculture
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Interior
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Strikes provision that imposes a 6-month delay on finalizing any agency rules, regardless of the benefits of those rules for human health and the environment.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/26/2014 H.Amdt.559 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 2954 Miller (R-FL)
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Truncates environmental review for grazing and logging and blocks the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring new lands.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/06/2014 Final Passage Passed
220-194
H.R. 2954 Grijalva (D-AZ) Department of Interior Strikes provisions in the bill blocking the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring land until it creates a public database of land holdings.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/06/2014 H.Amdt.551 Defeated
190-224
H.R. 2954 Lummis (R-WY) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Consolidates environmental review of grazing permits; deems temporary livestock trailing and crossing applications approved within 30 days and prohibits appeal of such decisions.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/06/2014 H.Amdt.552 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 2954 Labrador (R-ID) Department of Interior Requires parties that challenge a final grazing decision and lose to pay the prevailing party's legal fees and expenses.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/06/2014 H.Amdt.553 Passed
218-198
H.R. 2954 McClintock (R-CA) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Agriculture Requires the Forest Service to conduct salvage logging on lands affected by the Rim Fire in California while limiting environmental review.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/06/2014 H.Amdt.554 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 3590 Latta (R-OH)
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Undermines habitat protections in wilderness areas; bars EPA from regulating lead in ammunition and sportfishing equipment under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 Final Passage Passed
268-154
H.R. 3964 Valadao (R-CA) Department of Interior Guts environmental protections for fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and upends the San Joaquin River restoration program.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 Final Passage Passed
229-191
H.R. 3590 DeFazio (D-OR) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Strikes provisions of the bill that block environmental and public review of management decisions in national wildlife refuges.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.537 Defeated
185-237
H.R. 3590 Holt (D-NJ) Department of Interior Affirms the Secretary of the Interior's authority to consider climate change when making decisions related to recreation and conservation on public lands.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.541 Defeated
181-242
H.R. 3964 Matsui (D-CA) Department of Interior Ensures that water remains allocated for the preservation of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta ecosystem.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.544 Defeated
193-228
H.R. 3964 Bera (D-CA) Department of Interior Ensures that bill will not harm the quality, quantity, or safety of drinking water supplies for California residents.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.545 Defeated
194-226
H.R. 3964 Capps (D-CA) Department of Interior Requires GAO to study the resiliency and adaptability of all Bureau of Reclamation projects and facilities to potential changes to the quality, quantity, or reliability of water resources.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.546 Defeated
194-227
H.R. 3964 Huffman (D-CA) Department of Interior Blocks the bill from taking effect if it interferes with California's Delta Reform Act, which lists ecosystem restoration as a priority for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.548 Defeated
189-231
H.R. 3964 McNerney (D-CA) Department of Interior Blocks bill provisions from taking effect unless it is demonstrated that they will not harm water quality in the San Joaquin Delta.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.549 Defeated
193-230
H.R. 3964 Garamendi (D-CA) Department of Interior Affirms the bill does not preempt state/local laws prohibiting export of groundwater to other areas; protects quantity and quality of water available to tribes.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
191-231
H.R. 3590 Maloney (D-NY) Toxic Substances Control Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires manufacturers of chemicals that could pollute the water supply to disclose data on the risks posed to human health and the environment.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
187-231
H.R. 3964 Peters (D-CA) Department of Interior Blocks the bill from taking effect if it would adversely affect drinking water supplies in California.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/05/2014 H.Amdt.550 Defeated
192-231
H.R. 3590 Smith (R-MO) Department of Interior Blocks the National Park Service from tightening controls on motorized vessels in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Floor debate: TEXT |
02/04/2014 H.Amdt.538 Passed
Voice vote