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. 2584 Dold (R-IL) Environmental Protection Agency Restores some funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other EPA programs to restore Puget Sound, Long Island Sound, the Chesapeake Bay, and San Francisco Bay.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/27/2011 H.Amdt.743 Defeated
137 - 291
H.R. 2584 Scalise (R-LA) Department of Interior Cuts the Secretary of the Interior's budget as a rebuke for alleged slow pace of offshore drilling permit approvals.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/27/2011 H.Amdt.745 Passed
215 - 213
H.R. 1938 Terry (R-NE) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Transportation Abbreviates the review process for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to limit public participation and inter-agency review; contains congressional findings that misstate the environmental effects of the pipeline.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2011 Final Passage Passed
279 - 147
H.R. 2584 Tipton (R-CO) Environmental Protection Agency Cuts funding for EPA environmental programs and management.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2011 H. Amdt. 734 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 1938 Welch (D-VT) Department of Transportation Recognizes that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would run through the Ogallala Aquifer and could threaten groundwater and drinking water.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 720 Defeated
164 - 260
H.R. 1938 Rush (D-IL) Environmental Protection Agency Strikes an erroneous statement that the EPA has found the Keystone XL pipeline will not significantly impact greenhouse gas emissions.
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 721 Defeated
164 - 261
H.R. 1938 Eshoo (D-CA) Department of Transportation Requires a review of current pipeline regulations to determine whether they are sufficient to address the properties of tar sands crude oil before a final order on the pipeline is issued.
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 722 Defeated
163 - 264
H.R. 1938 Christensen (D-VI) National Environmental Policy Act Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes that EPA estimates the Keystone XL pipeline will significantly increase carbon pollution from fuel use in the United States
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 723 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 1938 Cohen (D-TN) Department of Transportation States that the existing Keystone pipeline has spilled 12 times in the United States and 21 times in Canada in less than one year.
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 724 Defeated
155 - 272
H.R. 1938 Rush (D-IL) Department of Transportation Retains the current schedule for issuance of the Keystone XL pipeline permit to allow for adequate public participation.
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 726 Defeated
161 - 265
H.R. 1938 Hanabusa (D-HI) Department of Transportation Requires the developers of the Keystone XL pipeline to demonstrate the capability and technology to respond to a worst-case pipeline spill before issuance of a permit.
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 727 Defeated
168 - 260
H.R. 1938 Johnson (D-GA) Environmental Protection Agency Requires a study of the health impacts of air pollution from refineries served by the Keystone XL pipeline
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07/26/2011 H.Amdt. 728 Defeated
163 -263
H.R. 2584 Cleaver (D-MO) Environmental Protection Agency Restores funding for EPA's urban water initiative, which works with disadvantaged communities to revitalize urban watersheds.
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07/25/2011 H.Amdt. 716 Defeated
165 - 248
H.R. 2584 Richmond (D-LA) Department of Interior Restores funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/25/2011 H.Amdt. 718 Defeated
Voice Vote
H.R. 2584 Hochul (D-NY) Department of Interior Reduces funding for DOI processing of drilling permits
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07/25/2011 H.Amdt. 719 Defeated
141 - 271
H.R. 2584 Moran (D-VA) Department of Interior Restores funding for the Indian Health Service sanitation facilities construction program and reduces funding for BLM oil and gas and grazing management programs
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07/25/2011 H.Amdt.714 Defeated
175 - 237
H.R. 2551 Moran (D-VA) Prohibits the use of Styrofoam (polystyrene) products in food service facilities in the House of Representatives.
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07/22/2011 H.Amdt. 712 Defeated
179 - 234
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
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07/15/2011 H.Amdt. 654 Defeated
158 - 264
H.R. 2354 Capps (D-CA) National Environmental Policy Act Nuclear Regulatory Commission Halts part of the NRC relicensing process for the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant
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07/15/2011 H.Amdt. 664 Defeated
152 - 269
H.R. 2354 Harris (R-MD) Department of Energy Bans the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy funds for any international program
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 641 Defeated
164 - 261
H.R. 2354 Hastings (R-WA) Army Corps of Engineers Blocks implementation and enforcement of a shoreline management plan developed to protect salmon in the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
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07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 657 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Hastings (R-WA) Army Corps of Engineers Blocks the use of funds to remediate damage associated with removal of a hydroelectric dam on the White Salmon River.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 661 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2354 Denham (R-CA) Magnuson-Stevens Act National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Eliminates funding for restoration and salmon repopulation in the San Joaquin River.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 666 Passed
Voice Vote
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 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) National Environmental Policy Act Army Corps of Engineers Blocks the Army Corps of Engineers from conducting a study required by statute as part of the Missouri River Recovery Program
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/14/2011 H.Amdt. 677 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2018 Mica (R-FL) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Undermines the Clean Water Act by limiting EPA authority to establish water quality standards for chemicals and other pollutants that harm human health and the environment.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
07/13/2011 Final Passage Passed
239 - 184
H.R. 2018 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes all provisions of the bill to weaken Clean Water Act standards.
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt. 628 Defeated
167 - 254
H.R. 2018 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Allows the EPA to set water quality standards when a state fails to set adequate standards.
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt. 629 Defeated
170 - 252
H.R. 2018 Capito (R-WV) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires the EPA to analyze the impact of required environmental actions on employment levels and provide public notice and a hearing where impacts on employment or economic activity are found
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt. 630 Passed
268 - 152
H.R. 2018 Polis (D-CO) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Says that the bill's weakening of clean water standards will not apply to any permit holder that EPA lists as being in significant noncompliance with the law.
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt. 632 Defeated
191 - 231
H.R. 2018 Blumenauer (D-OR) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Says that the bill's weakening of clean water standards will not apply to waterways that provide flood protection, are valuable fish and wildlife habitat, or are coastal recreation areas.
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt. 635 Defeated
183 - 237
H.R. 2018 Carnahan (D-MO) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Says that the bill's weakening of clean water standards will not apply in areas that have previously been declared major disasters due to flooding.
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt. 636 Defeated
173 - 247
H.R. 2018 Connolly (D-VA) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Says that the bill's weakening of clean water standards will not apply to water bodies that receive federal funds for restoration projects.
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07/13/2011 H.Amdt.633 Defeated
181-240
H.R. 2018 McNerney (D-CA) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves EPA authority to set water pollution standards and review permits when pollutants are being discharged into waters that are public sources of drinking water.
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07/13/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
188 - 238
H.R. 2354 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
07/12/2011 H.Amdt. 591 Defeated
170 - 250
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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07/11/2011 H.Amdt. 600 Passed
Voice Vote