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 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 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. 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. 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 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 Capps (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Nullifies provisions requiring a study and delaying EPA air quality rules if the Secretary of Energy determines that the study is infeasible or would be unreliable.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1311 Defeated
162 - 254
H.R. 4480 Terry (R-NE) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Allows EPA to waive certain fuel requirements in a geographic area when there is a problem with distribution or delivery of fuel or fuel additives.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/20/2012 H.Amdt. 1299 Passed
Voice Vote
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.R. 4348 Ribble (R-WI) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Weakens environmental review of new transportation projects and undermines Clean Air Act requirements designed to ensure that new transportation projects are consistent with air quality goals.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/18/2012 H.Amdt. 1014 Passed
255 - 165
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. 1633 Noem (R-SD) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks action under the Clean Air Act to address the risks of particulate matter from most sources
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/08/2011 Final Passage Passed
268 - 150
H.R. 1633 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Removes Clean Air Act exemption for particulate pollution from mines, smelters, cement kilns, and other industrial sources
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/08/2011 H.Amdt. 901 Defeated
150 - 255
H.R. 1633 Christensen (D-VI) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Restores EPA authority to reduce particulate pollution if state and local laws are inadequate to protect public health
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/08/2011 H.Amdt. 902 Defeated
159 - 250
H.R. 1633 Markey (D-MA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Removes Clean Air Act exemption for particulate pollution containing arsenic or other heavy metals
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/08/2011 H.Amdt. 904 Defeated
165 - 249
H.R. 1633 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Removes Clean Air Act exemption for particulate pollution from mining
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/08/2011 H.Amdt. 905 Defeated
158 - 257
H.R. 1633 DeGette (D-CO) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves EPA authority to issue and enforce Clean Air Act regulations for particulate emissions of cadmium, lead, and asbestos
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/08/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
166 - 252
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. 10 McCarthy (D-NY)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency Ensures that rules relating to food safety, workplace safety, air quality, consumer product safety, and water quality are not covered by the bill's provisions blocking rules that do not receive approval from both houses of Congress within 70 legislative days.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/07/2011 H.Amdt. 898 Defeated
177 - 246
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. 3010 Connolly (D-VA)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency Ensures that rules relating to food safety, workplace safety, air quality, consumer product safety, and water quality are not covered by the bill's provisions imposing significant hurdles to agency rule-making.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/02/2011 H.Amdt. 891 Defeated
171 - 242
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. 527 Cohen (D-TN)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Safe Drinking Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency Ensures that rules relating to food safety, workplace safety, air quality, consumer product safety, and water quality are not covered by the bill's provisions blocking or hindering regulatory action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/01/2011 H.Amdt. 884 Defeated
171 - 248
H.R. 2250 Griffith (R-VA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Nullifies EPA rules that require industrial boilers and incinerators to reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants; threatens EPA's ability to issue replacement standards; and delays reductions in toxic air pollution from these sources until 2018 at the earliest
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/13/2011 Final Passage Passed
275 - 142
H.R. 2250 Castor (D-FL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay action to reduce air pollution from waste incinerators that are within five miles of any school, day care center, playground, or hospital with a maternity ward or neo-natal unit
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/13/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
170 - 246
H.R. 2250 Markey (D-MA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay actions to reduce emissions from waste incinerators and boilers if such emissions are increasing the risk of cancer
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/11/2011 H.Amdt. 827 Defeated
166 - 252
H.R. 2250 Schakowsky (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Adds finding that mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can damage brain development in infants
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/11/2011 H.Amdt. 829 Defeated
169 - 249
H.R. 2250 Ellison (D-MN) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA can take actions to reduce emissions from waste incinerators and boilers earlier than allowed under the bill
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/11/2011 H.Amdt. 830 Defeated
154 - 261
H.R. 2250 Welch (D-VT) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Adds finding that the American people are exposed to mercury through fish consumption
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/11/2011 H.Amdt. 831 Defeated
169 - 249
H.R. 2250 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay actions to reduce emissions from waste incinerators and boilers longer than 3 years
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/11/2011 H.Amdt. 832 Defeated
156 - 262
H.R. 2250 Connolly (D-VA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay actions to reduce emissions from waste incinerators and boilers if such emissions are increasing the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular disease
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/11/2011 H.Amdt.826 Defeated
168 - 250
H.R. 2681 Cohen (D-TN) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires EPA to take into account reductions in absences from work due to respiratory illnesses when proposing a new compliance date
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 H.Amdt. 815 Defeated
172-248
H.R. 2681 Keating (D-MA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Replaces the indefinite extension of compliance dates in the bill with a provision allowing EPA to provide an additional year for compliance if the source can demonstrate a compelling reason
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 H.Amdt. 816 Defeated
162 - 257
H.R. 2250 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay actions to reduce emissions from waste incinerators or industrial boilers at chemical facilities, oil refineries, or large manufacturing facilities if these emissions are harming brain development or causing learning disabilities in infants or children.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 H.Amdt. 820 Defeated
167 - 243
H.R. 2250 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that the bill shall not be interpreted to supersede the requirements of sections 112 or 129 of the Clean Air Act, which require reductions in toxic emissions from industrial boilers and incinerators
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 H.Amdt. 821 Defeated
156 - 242
H.R. 2250 Hahn (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA's regulations reducing toxic emissions shall stay in effect for any pollution source located in any of the 10 metropolitan areas of the U.S. with the worst air quality
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 H.Amdt. 822 Defeated
151 - 255
H.R. 2250 Doyle (D-PA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Replaces the indefinite extension of compliance dates in the bill with a provision allowing EPA to provide an additional year for compliance if the source can demonstrate a compelling reason
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 H.Amdt. 824 Defeated
147 - 251
H.R. 2681 Capps (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay action to reduce air pollution from cement kilns that are within five miles of any school, day care center, playground, or hospital with a maternity ward or neo-natal unit
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/06/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
176 - 247
H.R. 2681 Sullivan (R-OK) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Nullifies EPA rules that require cement kilns to reduce their emissions of toxic air pollutants; threatens EPA's ability to issue replacement standards; and delays reductions in toxic air pollution from cement kilns unti 2018 at the earliest.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/05/2011 Final Passage Passed
262 - 181
H.R. 2681 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that EPA shall not delay actions to reduce emissions from a cement kiln if those emissions are harming brain development or causing learning disabilities in infants or children.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/05/2011 H.Amdt. 802 Defeated
166 - 246
H.R. 2681 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides that the bill shall not be interpreted to superscede the requirements of section 112 of the Clean Air Act, which requires reductions of toxic emissions from cement kilns
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/05/2011 H.Amdt. 803 Defeated
162 - 251