Tracking the Dirty Water Agenda

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Big polluters have stacked Congress and the Trump Administration with their friends, and they have already started handing out favors. The polluter friendly agenda calls for rolling back our most vital protections for our water, air, climate and health.

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We will be tracking attacks on our water and environment here, and keeping you up to date on how your Representatives in the House and Senators vote on our priority bills. Check back regularly for updates.

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Anti-Regulatory Bills

REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017)

This bill would significantly limit the ability of federal agencies to pass regulations that protect the environment and health. It would require Congressional approval for any new rules, severely limiting the ability of agencies like EPA to do their job.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H.R. 26 passed in the House on January 5, 2017, with a vote of 237-187.

S. 21 introduced in the Senate.

Midnight Rules Relief Act

This bill allows Congress to pass multiple Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions at once, thereby throwing out dozens of important environmental, health and other protections simultaneously without debate.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H.R. 21 passed in the House on January 5, 2017, with a vote of 238-184

S. 34 introduced in the Senate.

 

Regulatory Accountability Act

The Regulatory Accountability Act would cripple the process for issuing and enforcing rules to ensure we have clean air and water, safe food and consumer products, fair wages and safe workplaces and many other key protections. The bill would add dozens of burdensome new requirements to the Administrative Procedure Act — increasing the demands on agencies that are already struggling to operate under tight budgets.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H.R. 5 passed the House on January 11, 2017 with a vote of 238-183

 

Rolling Back Commonsense Protection: Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolutions of Disapproval

The CRA allows Congress by majority vote in both chambers with limited debate and no possibility of a filibuster, to override recently issued rules so long as the president does not veto the congressional actions. The result: Americans could lose dozens of health, safety, pocketbook and environmental protections. Compounding the problem, the CRA would block agencies from issuing “substantially similar” – ever – without express authorization from Congress.

Congress can pass CRA resolutions from January 30 through June to pass CRA resolutions of disapproval, which means they’re going to come at us fast and furious. We will be tracking CRA’s that roll back environmental and health protections here.

Read our letter to Congress opposing their use of CRA resolutions to undo public protections.

Overturning the Stream Protection From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

The Stream Protection Rule, finalized by the U.S. Department of the Interior in Dec. 2016, provides communities with basic information they desperately need about toxic water pollution caused by nearby coal mining operations.

Read our letter to Congress on the Stream Protection Rule.

The pro environment vote is NO.

S.J. Res 10 passed in the Senate on February 2, 2017, with a vote of 54-45

H.J. Res. 38 passed in the House on February 1, 2017, with a vote of 228-194

 

Overturning the Oil, Gas and Mining Anti Corruption Rule

The oil anti-corruption rule requires U.S.-listed oil, gas and mining companies to publicly report project-level payments made to governments for natural resources in every country of operation. This transparency is key to preventing corruption. Read our letter to Congress opposing overturning this rule.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H. R. 71 passed in the House on February 1, 2017, with a vote of 231-191 and passed the Senate 52-47 on February 3, 2017.

 

Overturning the Rule on Methane Waste from Oil and Gas On Public Lands

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s methane and natural gas rule is a commonsense policy that requires the oil and gas industry to reduce venting, flaring and leaks at industry operations on public and tribal lands by deploying methane mitigation technology. Repealing this rule would harm public health and the climate and reduce revenue to the federal government and Western states. Read our letter to Congress opposing overturning this rule.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H.J. Res. 36 passed the House 221-191 on February 3, 2017

S.J. Res. 11 introduced in the Senate.

 

Overturning Arctic Drilling Safeguards

Motivated by the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf, the Department of the Interior strengthened  regulations to prevent similar catastrophes in the most treacherous drilling environment - the Arctic. Repealing this rule would put an extremely sensitive ecosystem at risk of a major oil spill.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H.J. Res. 34 introduced in the House.

 

Overturning Chemical Facility Safety Rules

EPA’s update to the Risk Management Program helps prevent disasters at chemical facilities that threaten lives, health and property. The rule covers 12,500 facilities that use or store highly toxic of highly flammable chemicals. From 2004-2013, there were more than 1,500 reported accidents at these facilities that caused more than $2 billion in property damage, 17,099 injuries and 58 deaths. Read our letter to Congress opposing overturning this rule.

The pro environment vote is NO.

H. J. Res 59 was introduced in the House on February 1, 2017

 

Confirmation Votes in the Senate

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State

The pro environment vote is NO.

Confirmed on February 1, 2017 with a vote of 56-43

Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator

The pro environment vote is NO.

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Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy

The pro environment vote is NO.

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