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 July 31, 2014

To date, the House of Representatives has voted 217 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.

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

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

217

Votes Targeting EPA's Authority and Funding: 53

  • Votes to block actions that prevent pollution to air, water, land: 102
  • Votes to block actions to address climate change: 58
  • Votes to weaken Clean Air Act, block action on air quality: 43
  • Votes to weaken Clean Water Act, block action on water quality: 75

Votes to Benefit the Oil and Gas Industry: 90

  • Votes targeting the Department of the Interior: 78
  • Votes to undermine protections for public lands and wilderness: 107
  • Votes targeting the Department of Energy: 60
  • Votes to defund or block clean energy initiatives: 50
Title Sponsor Statutes Agencies Description Vote Date Action Result
H.R. 935 Gibbs (R-OH) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks EPA and states from requiring a Clean Water Act permit for pesticides sprayed into navigable waters.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/31/2014 Final Passage Passed
267-161
H.R. 935 Capps (D-CA) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency States that the bill does not apply if the pesticide is a carcinogen or is being used in an area with higher-than-normal incidence of childhood cancer.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/31/2014 Motion to Recommit Defeated
195-233
H.R. 4315 DeFazio (D-OR) Endangered Species Act Department of Interior Prevents federal wildlife agencies from relying solely on internal agency publications that have not been peer-reviewed when making decisions under the Endangered Species Act.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/29/2014 H.Amdt.1128 Passed
188-227
H.R. 4315 Holt (D-NJ) Endangered Species Act Department of Interior Strikes the provision requiring federal wildlife agencies to use possibly deficient and unsound scientific information when making decisions under the Endangered Species Act.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/29/2014 H.Amdt.1129 Defeated
204-215
H.R. 4315 Hastings (R-WA) Endangered Species Act Department of Interior Weakens the Endangered Species Act by creating new bureaucratic hurdles to listing new species and hindering citizen participation in the enforcement of the law.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/29/2014 Final Passage Passed
233-190
H.R. 4923 LaMalfa (R-CA) Clean Water Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency
Provides agriculture with broad new exemptions from the Clean Water Act that would allow new wetland and stream destruction.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1024 Passed
239-182
H.R. 4923 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Army Corps of Engineers Blocks funding for the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study, a study to examine flood risk prevention and the impacts of navigation, hydropower, irrigation and other activities on the river.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1028 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Army Corps of Engineers Blocks funding for the Missouri River Ecosystem Recovery Program, a long-term study into the actions required to mitigate habitat loss and protect sensitive species.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1030 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Stockman (R-TX) Department of Energy Prevents DOE from using funds to block approval of offshore drilling permits, even though DOE does not use funds for those purposes.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1033 Passed
218-204
H.R. 4923 Scalise (R-LA) Clean Water Act Army Corps of Engineers Blocks the Army Corps of Engineers from requiring that developers offset and mitigate the loss of wetlands in Louisiana.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1036 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Yoho (R-FL) Department of Energy Blocks funding for a DOE program to support sustainable urban development and smart growth in China and India.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1037 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4899 Fleming (R-LA) Blocks the Western Area Power Administration from using borrowing authority to construct or upgrade electric transmission lines or deliver power generated from renewable sources.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1038 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Walberg (R-MI) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Energy Blocks enforcement of Energy Independence and Security Act provisions that require DOE to conduct a national media campaign to promote energy efficiency.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1039 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 McKinley (R-WV) Department of Energy Prohibits DOE from using estimates of the social cost of carbon pollution in agency rulemakings and blocks DOE from participating in climate science research activities.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1040 Passed
229-188
H.R. 4923 Weber (R-TX) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from issuing a loan guarantee to the offshore Cape Wind Energy Project.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1042 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Byrne (R-AL) Army Corps of Engineers 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 |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1044 Passed
Voice vote
H.R. 4923 Gosar (R-AZ) Department of Energy Blocks DOE funding for high efficiency toilets or indoor water-efficient toilets programs.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1046 Passed
Voice vote
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 Lankford (R-OK) Department of Energy Prohibits DOE from using estimates of the social cost of carbon pollution in agency rulemakings.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1016 Passed
232-187
H.R. 4923 Burgess (R-TX) Department of Energy Blocks implementation and enforcement of industry-supported light bulb efficiency standards.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1020 Passed
226-193
H.R. 4923 Gosar (R-AZ) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from using funds to develop and validate models to predict future greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/10/2014 H.Amdt.1045 Passed
226-194
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 Passed
229-185
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.955 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.956 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.957 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 Motion to Recommit 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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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.
Floor debate: TEXT |
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