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
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. 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. 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 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 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. 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 Lujan (D-NM) Department of Energy Increases funds for defense environmental cleanup by $21.9 million by reducing funds for the NNSA Office of the Administrator by the same amount
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 H. Amdt. 1195 Defeated
174 - 244
H.R. 5325 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Department of Energy Increases funds for DOE's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $10 million by reducing funds for nuclear weapons activities
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 H. Amdt. 1205 Defeated
157 - 260
H.R. 5325 Flake (R-AZ) Department of Energy Prohibits DOE from using funds for the Wind Powering America Initiative, which works with state and regional stakeholders to increase wind energy generation in the U.S.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 H. Amdt. 1231 Passed
Voice-vote
H.R. 5325 Hirono (D-HI) Department of Energy Increases funds for the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy by $133 million by decreasing funds for fossil energy research.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1184 Defeated
131 - 257
H.R. 5325 Matheson (D-UT) Department of Energy Increases funds for cleaning up sites polluted with radioactive waste by $9.6 million by reducing funds for nuclear weapons activities by the same amount
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1187 Defeated
152 - 235
H.R. 5325 Pearce (R-NM) Department of Energy Increases funds for cleaning up sites polluted with radioactive waste by $89 million by reducing funds for the National Nuclear Security Administration
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1194 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Blackburn (R-TN) Department of Energy Prohibits the use of funds for new loan guarantees for clean energy projects under section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1201 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Harris (R-MD) Department of Energy Prohibits DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from using funds for international activities, except for projects in Israel
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1209 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Burgess (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Energy Blocks DOE from implementing its energy efficient light bulb standards.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1210 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Jordan (R-OH) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from providing loan guarantees to renewable energy systems, electric power transmission systems, or leading edge biofuel projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1219 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Landry (R-LA) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Energy Blocks DOE from using funds to carry out a national media campaign to increase energy efficiency and reduce oil consumption
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1222 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Schweikert (R-AZ) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from using funds to enforce efficiency standards for showerheads
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1224 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Fortenberry (R-NE) Department of Energy Blocks DOE from implementing efficiency standards for battery chargers and external power supplies, including golf cart battery chargers
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1226 Passed
Voice Vote
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. 5325 Kaptur (D-OH) Department of Energy Increases funding for DOE energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $10 million by reducing the DOE administrative account by the same amount
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/01/2012 H. Amdt. 1176 Defeated
183 - 200
H.R. 5325 Tonko (D-NY) Department of Energy Increases funding for DOE energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $180 millionby reducing funds for nuclear weapons activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/01/2012 H. Amdt. 1179 Defeated
148 - 236
H.R. 5325 Hahn (D-CA) Department of Energy Increases funds for DOE's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs by $50 million by reducing funds for fossil energy research.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/01/2012 H. Amdt. 1181 Defeated
139 - 245
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. 10 Davis (R-KY)
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 major rule that does not receive approval from both houses of Congress within 70 legislative days.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/07/2011 Final Passage Passed
241 - 184
H.R. 3010 Smith (R-TX)
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
Imposes significant new hurdles to regulation and replaces protective standards in the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other statutes with a requirement to adopt the least costly alternative.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/02/2011 Final Passage Passed
253 - 167
H.R. 3010 Moore (D-WI)
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
Requires agencies to take effects on vulnerable subpopulations into account
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/02/2011 H.Amdt. 888 Defeated
187 - 232
H.R. 527 Smith (R-TX)
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
Requires additional analyses, including analyses of rules and guidance with only indirect economic effects on small businesses, as an impediment to required agency action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/01/2011 Final Passage Passed
263 - 159
H.R. 2608 Graves (R-MO) Department of Energy Cuts DOE funding for making loans to support the manufacture of cleaner vehicles and issuing renewable energy loan guarantees
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
09/23/2011 Final Passage Defeated
219 - 203
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 Cohen (D-TN) Department of Energy Cuts funding for DOE fossil energy research
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/15/2011 H.Amdt. 654 Defeated
158 - 264
H.R. 2354 Harris (R-MD) Department of Energy Bans the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy funds for any international program
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/15/2011 H.Amdt. 675 Passed
236 - 185
H.R. 2354 Burgess (R-TX) Department of Energy Blocks enforcement of industry-supported light bulb efficiency standards
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/15/2011 H.Amdt. 678 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Sherman (D-CA) Department of Energy Bans the use of energy efficiency and renewable funds for any project in China
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/15/2011 H.Amdt. 684 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Matheson (D-UT) Department of Energy Restores funding for DOE environmental cleanups and reduces funding for weapons activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 639 Defeated
168 - 257
H.R. 2354 Holt (D-NJ) Department of Energy Restores some funding for DOE science activities and reduces funding for weapons activities
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 641 Defeated
164 - 261
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. 2354 Young (R-IN) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Department of Energy Blocks implementation of the weatherization provisions of the Recovery Act, which made weatherization assistance more accessible
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 671 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Markey (D-MA) Department of Energy Restores some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 597 Defeated
154 - 266
H.R. 2354 Connolly (D-VA) Department of Energy Restores some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 599 Defeated
173 - 249
H.R. 2354 Miller (D-NC) Department of Energy Restores some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 601 Defeated
179 - 244
H.R. 2354 Welch (D-VT) Department of Energy Restores some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 603 Defeated
123 - 200
H.R. 2354 Tonko (D-NY) Department of Energy Restores some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 605 Defeated
149 - 273
H.R. 2354 Wu (D-OR) Department of Energy Restores some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 607 Defeated
196 - 228
H.R. 2354 Garamendi (D-CA) Department of Energy Restores funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 612 Defeated
145 - 276
H.R. 2354 Kaptur (D-OH) Department of Energy Transfers funds to restore some funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/11/2011 H.Amdt. 595 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Harris (R-MD) Department of Energy Reduces funds for cooperative efforts with other nations to promote energy efficiency
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/11/2011 H.Amdt. 600 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Woodall (R-GA) Department of Energy Reduces funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/11/2011 H.Amdt. 608 Passed
Voice Vote