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. 5326 Landry (R-LA) Endangered Species Act National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Prohibits NOAA from using funds to reduce sea turtle mortality in shrimp fisheries in the southeastern United States.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/09/2012 H.Amdt. 1088 Passed
218 - 201
H.R. 5326 Denham (R-CA) Magnuson-Stevens Act National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Blocks funding for restoration and salmon repopulation in the San Joaquin River
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/09/2012 H.Amdt. 1091 Passed
Voice Vote
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. 5326 Broun (R-GA) Marine Mammal Protection Act Reduces funding for the Marine Mammal Commission by 6%.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/08/2012 H.Amdt. 1061 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. 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 a solid waste, and requires EPA to defer to state coal ash
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/18/2012 H.Amdt. 1015 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 4089 Miller (R-FL)
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Toxic Substances Control Act
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Opens up wilderness areas and national monuments to hunting and recreational shooting; bars EPA from regulating lead in ammunition and sportfishing equipment under the Toxic Substances Control Act; allows import of polar bear trophies.
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04/17/2012 Final Passage Passed
274-146
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. 2842 Tipton (R-CO) National Environmental Policy Act Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Exempts small conduit hydropower development from NEPA
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
03/07/2012 Final Passage Passed
265 - 154
H.R. 2842 Napolitano (D-CA) National Environmental Policy Act Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Strikes a NEPA exemption for small conduit hydropower
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
03/07/2012 H. Amdt. 966 Defeated
168 - 253
H.R. 1837 Nunes (R-CA)
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Department of Interior Blocks the Endangered Species Act for operation of the Central Valley Project and the California State Water Project; removes protections for fish from the process of approving water transfers out of the San Joaquin delta; and prohibits the imposition of mitigation measures or environmental restoration fees in transfer agreements.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/29/2012 Final Passage Passed
246 - 175
H.R. 1837 McNerney (D-CA) Department of Interior Blocks provisions from taking effect unless it is demonstrated that they will not harm drinking water supplies for California's Delta region.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/29/2012 H.Amdt. 959 Defeated
178 - 242
H.R. 1837 McNerney (D-CA) Department of Interior Blocks provisions from taking effect unless it is demonstrated that they will not harm water quality in the San Joaquin Delta.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/29/2012 H.Amdt. 960 Defeated
177 - 243
H.R. 1837 Garamendi (D-CA) Department of Interior Strikes provisions of the bill making protection of fish discretionary and transferring water out of the San Joaquin delta despite concerns about impacts on salmon and other species.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/29/2012 H.Amdt. 963 Defeated
178 - 247
H.R. 1837 Markey (D-MA)
Clean Water Act
Endangered Species Act
Department of Interior Strikes provisions exempting the Central Valley Project from state and federal laws including the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/29/2012 H.Amdt. 964 Defeated
180 - 244
H.R. 3408 Lamborn (R-CO)
Endangered Species Act
National Environmental Policy Act
Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
Department of Interior Directs DOI to issue offshore oil and gas leases along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts, regardless of a state's objection; blocks NEPA and Endangered Species Act review of oil shale projects; requires issuance of oil shale leases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2012 Final Passage Passed
237 - 187
H.R. 3408 Thompson (D-CA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Strikes provision requiring new oil and gas drilling off the coast of northern California.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2012 H.Amdt. 944 Defeated
167 - 253
H.R. 3408 Hanabusa (D-HI) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires companies drilling offshore to meet minimum standards for well casing, cementing, and blowout preventers.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2012 H.Amdt. 946 Defeated
189 - 228
H.R. 3408 Hastings (R-WA) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Blocks NEPA review of renewable energy projects on federal lands
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2012 H.Amdt. 947 Passed
250 - 171
H.R. 3408 Labrador (R-ID) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Blocks NEPA review of geothermal generation test projects
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2012 H.Amdt. 950 Passed
244 - 177
H.R. 3408 Castor (D-FL) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Blocks issuance of oil and gas leases within 5 miles of the Great Lakes or Florida Everglades
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/16/2012 Motion to Recommit Defeated
176 - 241
H.R. 3408 Eshoo (D-CA)
Department of Transportation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to review a pending study on the risks of shipping of tar sands crude before issuance of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/15/2012 H.Amdt. 932 Defeated
173 - 249
H.R. 3408 Polis (D-CO) Department of Interior Strikes a requirement to issue leases for development of oil shale
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/15/2012 H.Amdt. 936 Defeated
160 - 265
H.R. 3408 Capps (D-CA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Strikes provision requiring new oil and gas drilling off the coast of southern California.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/15/2012 H.Amdt. 938 Defeated
160 - 267
H.R. 3408 Bishop (D-NY) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Strikes provision requiring new oil and gas drilling off the coast of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Maine.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/15/2012 H.Amdt. 940 Defeated
169 - 257
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. 3010 Nadler (D-NY) Nuclear Regulatory Commission Exempts actions taken by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission under the Atomic Energy Act
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
12/02/2011 H.Amdt. 892 Defeated
174 - 247
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. 2838 Lobiondo (R-NJ) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks states from regulating the discharge of ballast water to control invasive species; restricts EPA's ability to limit discharge of coal ash from vessels into the Great Lakes.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
11/15/2011 Final Passage Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2838 Bishop (D-NY) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Allows states to set more protective requirements for ballast water discharges in their state resource waters.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
11/04/2011 H.Ambdt. 861 Defeated
174 - 255
H.R. 2838 Slaughter (D-NY) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes the language that preempts states from preventing the spread of invasive species by regulating the discharge of ballast water.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
11/04/2011 H.Amdt. 862 Defeated
161 - 237
H.R. 2838 Huizenga (R-MI) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks EPA from revising permits for a vessel that currently discharges coal ash into the Great Lakes.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
11/04/2011 H.Amdt. 863 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 1904 Gosar (R-AZ) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Transfers public lands with significant cultural, historical, archeological and recreational value to private ownership for mineral mining; waives NEPA requirements for environmental impact analysis of the transfer and mining activity
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/26/2011 Final Passage Passed
235 - 186
H.R. 1904 Markey (D-MA)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Interior
Requires payment of royalties for copper extracted from federal lands
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
10/26/2011 H.Amdt. 844 Defeated
173 - 238
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. 2273 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
10/14/2011 Final Passage Passed
267 - 144