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 Markey (D-MA) Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Department of Interior Exempts from bill's rulemaking prohibition any rule that would reduce the prevalence of pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, birth defects, or reproductive problems.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1483 Defeated
174-229
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 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Water Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Strikes language in the bill arbitrarily limiting the time EPA and other agencies have to comment on permit applications to dump mountaintop removal coal mining waste into waterways.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1490 Defeated
164-247
H.R. 3409 McKinley (R-WV) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Strips EPA of its authority to stop disposal of waste into a waterway if it determines that the disposal would have severe adverse impacts on water quality, fisheries, wetlands, or other aquatic resources.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1491 Passed
247-163
H.R. 3409 Markey (D-MA) Department of Energy Creates a national renewable electricity and energy efficiency standard.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1492 Defeated
160-250
H.R. 3409 DeFazio (D-OR)
Department of Transportation
Environmental Protection Agency
Requires EPA and Department of Transportation to complete a report on the health, environmental, and public health impacts of fugitive coal dust.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1493 Defeated
168-243
H.R. 3409 Flake (R-AZ) and Berg (R-ND) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Limits EPA’s ability to provide clean air protections if states fail to act; eliminates EPA’s authority to ensure minimum levels of control for pollution that harms health and visibility in national parks.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1494 Passed
228-183
H.R. 3409 Gosar (R-AZ) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Prohibits EPA from requiring the Navajo Generating Station to reduce pollution to protect scenic views in the Grand Canyon and other national parks, if such requirement would affect coal-based employment or revenues.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1495 Passed
226-181
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. 3409 Harris (R-MD) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Discourages EPA from using peer-reviewed and independent scientific research on the health impacts of exposure to air pollution by conditioning its use on public disclosure of all underlying data, even if the data is privately-held, personal or confidential.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/20/2012 H.Amdt. 1489 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 6213 Upton (R-MI) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from awarding new loan guarantees for clean energy projects.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/14/2012 Final Passage Passed
245-161
H.R. 6213 Waxman (D-CA) Department of Energy Allows the best, most innovative clean energy projects to compete for funding rather than limiting funding to projects submitted to DOE prior to the end of 2011.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/14/2012 H.Amdt. 1482 Defeated
170-231
H.R. 6213 Markey (D-MA) Department of Energy Makes the bill’s prohibition of new loan guarantees for energy projects contingent on the extension of the wind energy production tax credit.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/14/2012 Motion to Recommit Defeated
175-234
H.R. 5544 Cravaack (R-MN) Department of Agriculture Authorizes a land exchange, without environmental review, to allow for increased logging and mining in the Superior and Chippewa National Forests.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/12/2012 Final Passage Passed
225-189
H.R. 5544 Holt (D-NJ) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Agriculture Ensures proper environmental and public review of the proposed land exchange for national forest lands.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/12/2012 H.Amdt.1477 Defeated
177-236
H.R. 4078 Griffin (R-AR)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Energy Independence and Security Act
Equal Access to Justice 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
Blocks significant regulations to protect public health and the environment unless the unemployment rate falls below 6%.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2012 Final Passage Passed
245-172
H.R. 4078 Nadler (D-NY) Nuclear Regulatory Commission Exempts any rules related to nuclear power plant safety from the bill's provisions blocking regulatory action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2012 H.Amdt.1458 Defeated
176-243
H.R. 4078 McKinley (R-WV)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Energy Independence and Security Act
Equal Access to Justice 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
Blocks any regulatory action that would cost $50 million or more, without regard to the benefits.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2012 H.Amdt.1459 Passed
240-178
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 (R-WA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires new drilling off the Atlantic, Pacific, and Alaskan coasts with limited environmental review and without stronger drilling safety requirements.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 Final Passage Passed
253-170
H.R. 6082 Holt (D-NJ)
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Department of Interior Strikes the provision limiting environmental review of new drilling in Bristol Bay (Alaska) and in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1440 Defeated
163-253
H.R. 6082 Markey (D-MA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires that companies drilling in offshore waters pursuant to this Act implement drilling safety requirements recommended by the BP oil spill commission.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1443 Defeated
189-232
H.R. 6082 Holt (D-NJ) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Blocks new offshore oil and gas leases for companies that have not yet renegotiated any royalty-free leases they already own in the Gulf of Mexico.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1444 Defeated
177-247
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 Hastings (D-FL) Safe Drinking Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Exempts rules to protect safe drinking water from the bill's provisions blocking regulatory action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1447 Defeated
188-231
H.R. 4078 Welch (D-VT)
Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency
Exempts rules to promote energy efficiency from the bill's provisions blocking regulatory action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2012 H.Amdt.1450 Defeated
174-242
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. 4402 Amodei (R-NV)
Equal Access to Justice Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Elevates mining over other uses of public lands; limits environmental review of and public input on proposed mining projects; and allows companies to mine on public lands without paying royalties.
Floor debate: TEXT |
07/12/2012 Final Passage Passed
256-160
H.R. 4402 Tonko (D-NY)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Narrows the bill's broad definition of covered minerals to exclude sand, gravel, and clay.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1371 Defeated
162-251
H.R. 4402 Hastings (D-FL) National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Extends the time allowed for agency review of mining permits by an additional 12 months.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1372 Defeated
162-252
H.R. 4402 Markey (D-MA)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Requires mining companies to pay a 12.5% royalty on the value of hardrock minerals mined on federal lands and devotes the revenue to cleaning up abandoned hardrock mines.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1373 Defeated
163-253
H.R. 4402 Young (R-AK) Department of Agriculture Requires the Forest Service to allow the construction of mining roads in areas currently designated as roadless.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1374 Passed
238-178
H.R. 4402 Cravaack (R-MN) National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Extends the bill's expedited permitting process to mining projects that have already applied for permits.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1375 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 4402 Hastings (D-FL) Equal Access to Justice Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Creates an exception for non-profit entities and individuals from the bill's prohibition on the recovery of legal fees in the event of a successful challenge to a mining permit.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1376 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 4402 Grijalva (D-AZ) National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Protects hunting, fishing, grazing, and recreation on public lands by requiring proper review of any mineral exploration or mining permit that might diminish opportunities for these activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2012 H.Amdt. 1377 Defeated
167-248
H.R. 5972 Lankford (R-OK) Migratory Bird Treaty Act Department of Transportation Prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from using funds to implement, administer, or enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the cliff or barn swallow.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/29/2012 H.Amdt. 1366 Passed
234-191
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 Griffith (R-VA) Department of Transportation Blocks the Departments of Transportation and Housing from using funds for sustainable and livable community initiatives.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/27/2012 H.Amdt. 1359 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. 4480 Gardner (R-CO)
Clean Air Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Weakens Clean Air Act protections; blocks EPA air quality rules; opens up new onshore and offshore lands to drilling with fewer environmental safeguards.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 Final Passage Passed
248 - 163
H.R. 4480 Hastings (R-WA) Environmental Protection Agency Overturns EPA's designation of Alaska’s Colville River as an Aquatic Resource of National Importance.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1291 Passed
253 - 163
H.R. 4480 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Prevents any delay of EPA rules that prevent asthma attacks, heart attacks, cancer, birth defects, neurological damage, premature death, or other serious harms to human health.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1296 Defeated
164 - 249
H.R. 4480 Green (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes provision reversing 40 years of clean air policy by requiring EPA to determine what level of ozone pollution is “safe” based upon industry costs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1298 Defeated
174 - 244
H.R. 4480 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Nullifies provisions in the bill blocking EPA rules and rewriting the Clean Air Act if the Energy Information Administration determines that Title II of the bill would not lower gasoline prices or create jobs in the United States within 10 years.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1300 Defeated
164-255
H.R. 4480 Holt (D-NJ) Department of Interior Reduces the number of non-producing onshore leases as an incentive for oil and gas companies to begin producing on the leases they already hold.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1301 Defeated
164 - 256