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. 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
H.R. 2021 Gardner (R-CO) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Weakens Clean Air Act requirements for pollution from offshore drilling operations.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 Final Passage Passed
235 - 166
H.R. 2021 Speier (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires air emissions to be measured at the site of offshore drilling rather than onshore.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 H.Amdt. 481 Defeated
176 - 248
H.R. 2021 Hastings (D-FL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Grants EPA authority to regulate air pollution from offshore drilling support vessels, such as icebreakers.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 H.Amdt. 482 Defeated
167 - 254
H.R. 2021 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Gives EPA additional time to consider air permit applications for offshore drilling projects if such time is necessary to allow sufficient public participation and to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 H.Amdt. 485 Defeated
172 - 253
H.R. 2021 Quigley (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes a provision limiting the authority of the EPA Environmental Appeals Board to consider Clean Air Act permits for offshore drilling.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 H.Amdt. 486 Defeated
173 - 251
H.R. 2021 Capps (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Allows states to set more protective air quality standards for offshore drilling operations.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 H.Amdt. 488 Defeated
180 - 242
H.R. 2021 Schrader (D-OR) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Prevents offshore drilling off Oregon's coast by blocking EPA from issuing air permits for drilling projects.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/22/2011 H.Amdt. 490 Defeated
160 - 262
H.R. 2112 Scalise (R-LA) Department of Agriculture Blocks the USDA's policy on climate change adaptation.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/16/2011 H.Amdt. 467 Passed
238 - 179
H.R. 2112 Flores (R-TX) Energy Independence and Security Act Department of Agriculture 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
06/16/2011 H.Amdt. 477 Passed
Voice Vote
H.R. 2017 Lummis (R-WY) Department of Homeland Security Eliminates funding for environmental mitigation along the southern United States border.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/02/2011 H.Amdt. 376 Passed
238 - 177
H.R. 2017 Carter (R-TX) Department of Homeland Security Blocks funding for DHS’s Climate Change Adaptation Task Force.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
06/02/2011 H.Amdt. 378 Passed
242 - 180
H.R. 1231 Hastings (R-WA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires DOI to issue offshore oil and gas leases along the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic coasts, regardless of a state's objection.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/12/2011 Final Passage Passed
243 - 179
H.R. 1231 Tsongas (D-MA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires each drilling applicant to develop and submit a worst-case scenario oil spill containment and cleanup plan.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/12/2011 H.Amdt. 284 Defeated
195 - 223
H.R. 1231 Brown (D-FL) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Makes the current ban on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico permanent.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/12/2011 H.Amdt. 285 Defeated
134 - 279
H.R. 1231 Thompson (D-CA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Prohibits the issuance of leases for drilling off the coast of Northern California.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/12/2011 H.Amdt. 286 Defeated
156 -263
H.R. 1231 Inslee (D-WA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Blocks DOI from leasing any area off the coast of Washington for oil and gas drilling without the approval of the Governor and legislature of the State of Washington.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/12/2011 H.Amdt. 287 Defeated
160 - 256
H.R. 1229 Hastings (R-WA) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Limits the DOI review period for offshore drilling permits and deems permits automatically approved if not acted on within 30 days.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 Final Passage Passed
263 - 163
H.R. 1229 Hanabusa (D-HI) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires oil companies to certify they have the capability to respond to a worst-case oil spill.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 H.Amdt. 273 Defeated
187 - 235
H.R. 1229 Holt (D-NJ) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Blocks automatic DOI approval of offshore oil and gas permits if the review period expires before the agency takes action.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 H.Amdt. 274 Defeated
179 - 247
H.R. 1229 Polis (D-CO) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Lifts restrictive deadlines for DOI action on offshore oil and gas permit applications if the agency lacks adequate budget or staff.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 H.Amdt. 275 Defeated
174 - 254
H.R. 1229 Hastings (D-FL) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Preserves the ability of citizens who successfully challenge offshore drilling permits to recover their legal fees.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 H.Amdt. 279 Defeated
185 - 239
H.R. 1231 Markey (D-MA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Blocks new offshore oil and gas leases for companies that have not yet renegotiated any royalty free leases they already own.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 H.Amdt. 282 Defeated
189 - 238
H.R. 1229 Connolly (D-VA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Blocks DOI from issuing new drilling permits to any applicant that has not paid all penalties, fines, or damages assessed because of economic and environmental harm caused to the Gulf of Mexico by the applicant's drilling activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/11/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
186 - 239
H.R. 1229 Polis (D-CO) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Requires DOI to consider all applicable safety and environmental laws when approving offshore oil and gas activities.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/10/2011 H.Amdt. 270 Defeated
167 - 245
H.R. 1229 Garamendi (D-CA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Requires DOI consultation with an independent drilling safety organization not affiliated with the American Petroleum Institute.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/10/2011 H.Amdt. 271 Defeated
169 - 240
H.R. 1229 Markey (D-MA) Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Department of Interior Sets minimum standards for well casing, cementing, and blowout preventers at offshore oil and gas wells.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/10/2011 H.Amdt. 272 Defeated
176 - 237
H.R. 1230 Hastings (R-WA) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Requires DOI to issue offshore oil and gas leases in the central and western Gulf of Mexico and off the Virginia coast and blocks additional environmental review of those leases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/05/2011 Final Passage Passed
266 - 149
H.R. 1230 Holt (D-NJ) National Environmental Policy Act Department of Interior Requires DOI to conduct thorough environmental analyses of new offshore drilling leases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
05/05/2011 H.Amdt. 268 Defeated
174 - 240
H.Con.Res. 34 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
04/15/2011 Final Passage Passed
235 - 193
H.R. 910 Upton (R-MI) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Repeals EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases to address climate change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/07/2011 Final Passage Passed
255 - 172
H.R. 910 McNerney (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Recommits with instructions to remove limitations on EPA authority to protect children, seniors, and those with asthma from health effects caused by exposure to air pollution from major sources of carbon emissions.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/07/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
175 - 251
H.R. 910 Cuellar (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves existing EPA scientific findings and rules related to greenhouse gases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 243 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 910 Murphy (D-CT) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves EPA authority to provide technical assistance to state greenhouse gas programs.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 244 Defeated
182 - 240
H.R. 910 Waxman (D-CA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency States that Congress accepts EPA’s findings that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 245 Defeated
184 - 240
H.R. 910 Quigley (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires a GAO study of health care costs resulting from repeal of EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 246 Defeated
Voice vote
H.R. 910 Polis (D-CO) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Ensures that EPA can protect the public health of the American people from global climate change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 247 Defeated
168 - 257
H.R. 910 Markey (D-MA) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Exempts EPA actions that reduce the demand for oil from the limitations in the bill.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 248 Defeated
156 - 255
H.R. 910 Rush (D-IL) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Preserves greenhouse gas regulations until EPA and DOD determine that American security interests will not be jeopardized by their repeal.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 249 Defeated
165 - 260
H.R. 910 Kind (D-WI) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Strikes the text of the bill, which repeals EPA’s existing authority to address carbon pollution, and replaces it with a codification of EPA’s “tailoring rule,” which exempts small sources from greenhouse gas permitting requirements
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt. 251 Defeated
160 - 264
H.R. 910 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Requires a study of the impacts of blocking EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt.240 Defeated
161-259
H.R. 910 Jackson Lee (D-TX) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Provides considerations and procedures to guide EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/06/2011 H.Amdt.241 Defeated
157 - 266
H.R. 1255 Womack (R-AR)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Provides for H.R. 1 to take effect by operation of law, thereby blocking agency actions under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other laws and cutting funding for dozens of environmental protection programs at EPA, DOE, DOI, and other agencies.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
04/01/2011 Final Passage Passed
221 - 202
H.R. 872 Gibbs (R-OH) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks EPA from requiring a Clean Water Act permit for pesticides sprayed into navigable waters
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
03/31/2011 Final Passage Passed
292 - 130
H.J.Res. 44 Keating (D-MA) Eliminates enhanced oil recovery tax credit, marginal well depletion tax deduction, and other oil industry tax credits and deductions
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
03/01/2011 Motion to Recommit Defeated
176 - 249
H.R. 1 Rogers (R-KY)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Department of Energy
Department of Interior
Environmental Protection Agency
Blocks agency actions under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other laws and cuts funding for dozens of environmental protection programs at EPA, DOE, DOI, and other agencies.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 Final Passage Passed
235 - 189
H.R. 1 Hall (R-TX) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Prevents NOAA from establishing a Climate Service.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 H.Amdt. 148 Passed
233 - 187
H.R. 1 Griffith (R-VA) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks EPA, Corps of Engineers, and Office of Surface Water Reclamation and Enforcement actions that protect navigable waters from mountaintop-removal coal mining
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 H.Amdt. 151 Passed
235 - 185
H.R. 1 Luetkemeyer (R-MO) Clean Air Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks the United States from contributing funds to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 H.Amdt. 154 Passed
244 - 179
H.R. 1 McKinley (R-WV) Clean Water Act Environmental Protection Agency Blocks EPA from revoking Clean Water Act permits based on adverse effects on water, fish, and wildlife
Floor debate: TEXT | VIDEO
02/19/2011 H.Amdt. 157 Passed
240 - 182