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. 4480 Connolly (D-VA) Department of Interior Limits the provision requiring citizens to pay a $5,000 fee shall to challenge oil and gas leases by providing that the fee may not infringe upon the protections afforded by the First Amendment to the Constitution to petition for the redress of grievances
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1302 Defeated
190-230
H.R. 4480 Rigell (R-VA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires the Secretary of the Interior to lease an area off the coast of Virginia for oil and gas drilling within one year.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1306 Passed
263 - 146
H.R. 4480 Holt (D-NJ) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Blocks new oil and gas leases on public lands for companies that have not yet renegotiated any royalty free leases they already own in the Gulf of Mexico.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1307 Defeated
168 - 250
H.R. 4480 Wittman (R-VA)
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Department of Interior Creates a burdensome new regulatory scheme for offshore wind development and waives environmental review for certain offshore wind towers.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1308 Passed
256 - 161
H.R. 4480 Bass (D-CA) Requires the Transportation Fuels Regulatory Committee to analyze how to shield American consumers and the U.S. economy from gasoline price spikes by reducing U.S. dependence on oil.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1310 Defeated
186 - 233
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 Speier (D-CA) Department of Interior Strikes language giving the Interior Department only 60 days to review onshore drilling permits.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 H.Amdt. 1313 Defeated
162 - 255
H.R. 4348 McKinley (R-WV) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Environmental Protection Agency Bars EPA from regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste, limits EPA's authority to regulate coal ash as a solid waste, and requires EPA to defer to state coal ash disposal programs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 Motion to Instruct Conferees Passed
260-138
H.R. 4480 Slaughter (D-NY) Requires major oil and gas companies to forgo certain tax benefits before obtaining new leases on federal lands.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/21/2012 Motion to Recommit Defeated
166 - 243
H.R. 4480 Polis (D-CO) Department of Interior Bans hydraulic fracturing activities within 1,000 feet of a primary or secondary school on public lands leased under Title I of the bill.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/20/2012 H.Amdt. 1292 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 4480 Quigley (D-IL) Department of Interior Prevents new offshore drilling under Title I of the bill if the drilling would occur in ecologically sensitive areas or if it would harm the marine and coastal environment.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/20/2012 H.Amdt. 1293 Defeated
Voice Vote
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. 2578 Denham (R-CA)
Endangered Species Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Creates a 100-mile zone along the U.S. borders in which environmental laws do not apply; allows clear-cutting in the Tongass National Forest; authorizes killing of sea lions in the Pacific Northwest; and overturns plan to protect nesting sea turtles in North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/19/2012 Final Passage Passed
232 - 188
H.R. 2578 DeFazio (D-OR) Blocks the Sealaska Native Corporation from exporting unprocessed timber obtained from clear-cutting in new areas of the Tongass National Forest.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/19/2012 H.Amdt. 1286 Defeated
184 - 236
H.R. 2578 Bishop (R-UT)
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Interior Narrows the bill's exemption for border patrol activities from environmental laws.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/19/2012 H.Amdt. 1288 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2578 Grijalva (D-AZ)
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Department of Interior Strikes a provision that creates a 100-mile zone along U.S. borders in which numerous environmental laws do not apply
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/19/2012 H.Amdt. 1289 Defeated
177 - 247
H.R. 5882 Moran (D-VA), Welch (D-VT), and Pingree (D-ME) Prohibits the use of Styrofoam (polystyrene) products in food service facilities in the House of Representatives
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/08/2012 H.Amdt. 1282 Defeated
178 - 229
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 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 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Army Corps of Engineers Blocks funding for the Missouri River Authorized Purposes Study, a congressionally-mandated study to examine flood risk prevention and the impacts of navigation, hydropower, irrigation and other activities on the river
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 H. Amdt. 1206 Passed
242 - 168
H.R. 5325 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Army Corps of Engineers Increases funding for Army Corps of Engineers construction and coastal restoration projects by reducing funds for nuclear weapons activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 H. Amdt. 1216 Defeated
150 - 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. 5855 Bishop (R-UT) Department of Homeland Security Cuts $3 million from funds for mitigation of environmental damage caused by border patrol activities
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/06/2012 H.Amdt. 1242 Passed
230 - 186
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 Young (R-AK) Magnuson-Stevens Act National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Blocks funding for restoration and salmon repopulation in the San Joaquin River
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1199 Passed
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 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Army Corps of Engineers Blocks the Army Corps of Engineers from completing the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1204 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 Graves (R-MO) Army Corps of Engineers Reduces funding for the Missouri River Recovery Program
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1220 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 5325 Landry (R-LA) 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 | VIDEO
06/05/2012 H. Amdt. 1221 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 Moran (D-VA) Clean Water Act
Army Corps of Engineers
Environmental Protection Agency
Preserves the authority of EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to protect streams, tributaries, and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/01/2012 H. Amdt. 1175 Defeated
152 - 237
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
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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.
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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.
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06/01/2012 H. Amdt. 1181 Defeated
139 - 245
H.R. 4310 Petri (R-WI) and Johnson Allows DOD to count direct-use solar, such as windows and skylights, toward its goal of generating 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/18/2012 H.Amdt. 1133 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. 4310 Gallegly (R-CA)
Endangered Species Act
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Department of Interior Expands U.S. Navy exemptions from the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act for harm to southern California sea otters and gives the fishing industry the same exemption indefinitely.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/17/2012 H.Amdt. 1100 Passed
Voice Vote
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 Flores (R-TX) Prohibits use of funds to implement the National Ocean Policy, relating to U.S. stewardship of oceans and the Great Lakes.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/09/2012 H.Amdt. 1079 Passed
246 - 174
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