The Anti-Environment Record of the 112th House of Representatives

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Database of Anti-Environment Votes in the 112th Congress (2011-2012)
Compiled by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Democratic Staff

In the 112th Congress, the House of Representatives voted 317 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 112th Congress

View the database of anti-environmental votes for the 113th Congress.

Total Anti-Environment Votes Under GOP House Majority in the 112th Congress:

317

Votes targeted at the Environmental Protection Agency: 145

  • Votes to block actions that prevent pollution: 137
  • Votes targeted at the Department of Energy: 55
  • Votes to defund or repeal clean energy initiatives: 57
  • Votes to promote offshore drilling: 47

Votes to dismantle the Clean Air Act: 95

  • Votes targeted at the Department of the Interior: 81
  • Votes to undermine protections for public lands and wilderness: 67
  • Votes to block actions that address climate change: 53
  • Votes to dismantle the Clean Water Act: 38
Title Sponsor Statutes Agencies Description Vote Date Action Result
S. 1956 Thune (R-SD) Department of Transportation Prohibits U.S. airlines from complying with the European Union’s requirements to address carbon pollution from aviation activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
11/13/2012 Final Passage Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 3409 Johnson (R-OH)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Guts the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act; blocks implementation of new vehicle tailpipe emission standards; blocks EPA from taking any action to address climate change; blocks efforts to ensure safe disposal of coal ash; and blocks EPA from cleaning up toxic mercury pollution from power plants.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 Final Passage Passed
233-175
H.R. 3409 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes language in the bill that repeals EPA’s scientific finding that carbon pollution endangers the public health and welfare of current and future generations.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1485 Defeated
178-229
H.R. 3409 Kelly (R-PA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires Department of Transportation to complete a one-sided study on the safety and economic impacts of the new vehicle tailpipe standards; prohibits consultation with EPA and the California Air Resources Board.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1486 Passed
242-168
H.R. 3409 Markey (D-MA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Allows EPA to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if such action will reduce the demand for oil.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1487 Defeated
164-246
H.R. 3409 Capps (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Prohibits the bill from nullifying landmark vehicle pollution control and fuel efficiency standards for 2017 to 2025 model year vehicles.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 Motion to Recommit Defeated
173-233
H.R. 4078 Posey (R-FL) Blocks the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from enforcing or issuing interpretive guidance on climate change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2012 H.Amdt.1465 Passed
245-171
H.R. 6082 Hastings (D-FL) Department of Interior Requires each drilling permit application to estimate the climate change impact of the oil and gas extracted from the new drilling.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1446 Defeated
150-275
H.R. 4078 Markey (D-MA) Ensures that rules to address extreme weather, including droughts, flooding and wildfires, are exempt from the bill's provisions blocking regulatory action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1451 Defeated
177-240
H.R. 5856 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act 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 | VIDEO
07/19/2012 H.Amdt.1428 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5972 Cravaack (R-MN) Prohibits the use of funds to comply with the European Union’s requirements to address carbon pollution from aviation activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/27/2012 H.Amdt. 1356 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5972 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act 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 | VIDEO
06/27/2012 H.Amdt. 1360 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5855 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act 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 | VIDEO
06/07/2012 H.Amdt. 1264 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Clean Water Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Energy
Cuts funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs; blocks funding for salmon repopulation in the San Joaquin River; blocks the Army Corps of Engineers from protecting certain streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 Final Passage Passed
255 - 165
H.R. 5325 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Energy 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 | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1227 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 4348 Barrow (D-GA) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Instructs the conferees to include provisions approving the Keystone XL pipeline without environmental review of the actual route.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/18/2012 Motion to Instruct Conferees Passed
261 - 152
H.R. 5326 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Blocks enforcement of Energy Independence and Security Act provisions that prohibit procurement of alternative fuels that emit more carbon pollution than conventional fuel
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/09/2012 H.Amdt. 1078 Passed
250-173
H.R. 5326 Cravaack (R-MN) Prohibits the National Science Foundation from implementing the Climate Change Education program.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/09/2012 H.Amdt. 1088 Passed
238 - 188
H.R. 5326 Harris (R-MD) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Reduces funding for NOAA's Climate Portal program.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/08/2012 H.Amdt. 1045 Passed
219 - 189
H.R. 5326 Grimm (R-NY) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Reduces funding for NOAA's operations and climate research programs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/08/2012 H.Amdt. 1047 Passed
209 - 199
H.R. 4348 Mica (R-FL)
Clean Air Act
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Approves the Keystone XL pipeline without environmental review of the actual route; bars EPA from regulating hazardous coal ash; and guts environmental and air quality review of new transportation projects.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/18/2012 Final Passage Passed
293-127
H.Con.Res. 112 Ryan (R-WI)
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Outlines drastic budget cuts for environmental protection, clean energy, coastal protection, and climate programs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
03/29/2012 Final Passage Passed
228 - 191
H.R. 3630 Camp (R-MI)
Clean Air Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Department of State
Environmental Protection Agency
Nullifies EPA rules that require industrial boilers and incinerators to reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants; forces approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline and blocks environmental review of any route changes
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/13/2011 Final Passage Passed
234 - 193
H.R. 2594 Mica (R-FL) Prohibits U.S. airlines from complying with the European Union’s requirements to address carbon pollution.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/24/2011 Final Passage Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2584 Pompeo (R-KS) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Cuts funding for EPA's greenhouse gas registry.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/27/2011 H.Amdt. 757 Passed
235 - 191
H.R. 1938 Terry (R-NE) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Transportation Abbreviates the review process for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to limit public participation and inter-agency review; contains congressional findings that misstate the environmental effects of the pipeline.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2011 Final Passage Passed
279 - 147
H.R. 1938 Rush (D-IL) Environmental Protection Agency Strikes an erroneous statement that the EPA has found the Keystone XL pipeline will not significantly impact greenhouse gas emissions.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 721 Defeated
164 - 261
H.R. 1938 Christensen (D-VI) National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes that EPA estimates the Keystone XL pipeline will significantly increase carbon pollution from fuel use in the United States
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 723 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Clean Water Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Energy
Cuts funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs; blocks funding for salmon repopulation in the San Joaquin River; blocks the Army Corps of Engineers from protecting certain streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/15/2011 Final Passage Passed
219 - 196
H.R. 2354 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Energy Blocks enforcement of Energy Independence and Security Act provisions that prohibit procurement of alternative fuels that have higher lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuel
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 670 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2112 Scalise (R-LA) Department of Agriculture Blocks the USDA's policy on climate change adaptation.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/16/2011 H.Amdt. 467 Passed
238 - 179
H.R. 2112 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Agriculture Blocks enforcement of Energy Independence and Security Act provisions that prohibit procurement of alternative fuels that have higher lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuel
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/16/2011 H.Amdt. 477 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2017 Carter (R-TX) Department of Homeland Security Blocks funding for DHS’s Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/02/2011 H.Amdt. 378 Passed
242 - 180
H.Con.Res. 34 Ryan (R-WI)
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Outlines drastic budget cuts for environmental protection, clean energy, coastal protection, and climate programs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/15/2011 Final Passage Passed
235 - 193
H.R. 910 Upton (R-MI) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Repeals EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases to address climate change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/07/2011 Final Passage Passed
255 - 172
H.R. 910 McNerney (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Recommits with instructions to remove limitations on EPA authority to protect children, seniors, and those with asthma from health effects caused by exposure to air pollution from major sources of carbon emissions.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/07/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
175 - 251
H.R. 910 Cuellar (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves existing EPA scientific findings and rules related to greenhouse gases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 243 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 910 Murphy (D-CT) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves EPA authority to provide technical assistance to state greenhouse gas programs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 244 Defeated
182 - 240
H.R. 910 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency States that Congress accepts EPA’s findings that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 245 Defeated
184 - 240
H.R. 910 Quigley (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires a GAO study of health care costs resulting from repeal of EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 246 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 910 Polis (D-CO) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Ensures that EPA can protect the public health of the American people from global climate change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 247 Defeated
168 - 257
H.R. 910 Markey (D-MA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Exempts EPA actions that reduce the demand for oil from the limitations in the bill.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 248 Defeated
156 - 255
H.R. 910 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves greenhouse gas regulations until EPA and DOD determine that American security interests will not be jeopardized by their repeal.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 249 Defeated
165 - 260
H.R. 910 Kind (D-WI) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes the text of the bill, which repeals EPA’s existing authority to address carbon pollution, and replaces it with a codification of EPA’s “tailoring rule,” which exempts small sources from greenhouse gas permitting requirements
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 251 Defeated
160 - 264
H.R. 910 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires a study of the impacts of blocking EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt.240 Defeated
161-259
H.R. 910 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides considerations and procedures to guide EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt.241 Defeated
157 - 266
H.R. 1255 Womack (R-AR)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Provides for H.R. 1 to take effect by operation of law, thereby blocking agency actions under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other laws and cutting funding for dozens of environmental protection programs at EPA, DOE, DOI, and other agencies.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/01/2011 Final Passage Passed
221 - 202
H.R. 1 Rogers (R-KY)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Blocks agency actions under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other laws and cuts funding for dozens of environmental protection programs at EPA, DOE, DOI, and other agencies.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 Final Passage Passed
235 - 189
H.R. 1 Hall (R-TX) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Prevents NOAA from establishing a Climate Service.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 H.Amdt. 148 Passed
233 - 187
H.R. 1 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks the United States from contributing funds to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 H.Amdt. 154 Passed
244 - 179
H.R. 1 Poe (R-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks EPA regulation of major stationary sources of greenhouse gases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/18/2011 H.Amdt. 101 Passed
249 - 177
H.R. 1 Scalise (R-LA) Department of State Eliminates funding for the State Department climate envoy.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/17/2011 H.Amdt. 89 Passed
249 - 179
H.R. 1 Pompeo (R-KS) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Eliminates funding for EPA's greenhouse gas registry.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2011 H.Amdt. 47 Passed
239 - 185