Representative Bob Goodlatte (R, VA-6): Scorecard Detail

115th Congress (2017-2018) – 0%

With votes recorded up to August 31, 2017, Rep. Bob Goodlatte has a 0% record on our priority issues related to clean water, clean air, and environmental protection.

See below how the Representative voted on individual votes. See our national vote tracker here.

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

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Regulatory Integrity Act

The Regulatory Integrity Act prohibits federal agencies from communicating with the public about proposed regulations. This bill would stifle participation in the regulatory process and give more power to special interests like corporate polluters to influence regulations. This bill is bad for democracy as well as the environment and public health. (H.R. 1004 passed the House on March 2, 2017 with a vote of 246-176 )

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act

The SCRUB Act establishes a commission to identify rules and regulations to be repealed. The commission would only consider costs, not benefits of regulations, rendering its decisions useless and not in the public interest. Additionally, the bill would require agencies adopting new regulations to cut an existing rule with equal or greater cost. ( H.R. 998 passed the House on March 1, 2017 with a vote of 240-185.)

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act

The HONEST Act would restrict EPA from using scientific research that is not publicly available. This would handcuff EPA and limit the agency’s ability to pass enact protections. This anti-science bill is a direct attack on EPA and its mission of protecting the environment. (H.R. 1430 passed the House on March 29, 2017 with a vote of 228-194. )

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act

This bill would hinder the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (EPA SAB) to reach timely, independent, objective, credible conclusions that can form the basis of policy. The bill would make it easier for corporate interests like fossil fuel companies, to influence the scientific review process at the agency. (H.R. 1431 passed the House on March 30, 2017 with a vote of 229-193. )

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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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. (H. R. 71 passed in the House on February 1, 2017, with a vote of 231-191.)

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Overturning Protections for Alaska’s Wildlife

The US Fish and Wildlife service issued protections for bears, wolves and other carnivores on Alaska’s federal wildlife refuges. Alaska adopted an extreme program that allows for “predator control” methods that include killing mother bears and cubs, killing wolves and pups in their dens, and trapping, baiting, and using airplanes to scout and shoot bears. The Alaska Wildlife Refuge Rule blocked this program on federal lands. This CRA resolution clears the way for these extreme hunting practices. Read our letter to the Senate opposing overturning this rule. (H.J. Res. 69 passed the House on February 16, 2017 with a 225-193 vote. It passed the Senate on March 21, 2017 with a 52-47 vote.)

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (aka the “Poison Our Waters Act”)

The “Poison Our Waters Act” would gut Clean Water Act protections from pesticide use. The bill would allow for pesticides to be sprayed directly into rivers, lakes, wetlands or streams without a permit, putting communities that swim, fish, drink and do business at risk of being poisoned.

Read our letter opposing the Poison Our Waters Act.  

The pro-environment vote is NO.

H.R. 953 passed the House on May 24, 2017 with a vote of 256-165

S. 340 was introduced in the Senate on February 7, 2017.

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Exempting Water Projects from Environmental Review

The Water Supply Permitting Act would undermine public input and environmental review for water projects, like dams and surface storage. This bill would undercut our bedrock environmental laws, like the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), by establishing strict deadlines for environmental impact studies, limiting public input, and allowing private companies to pay for expedited permit reviews. H.R. 1654 passed the House on June 22, 2017 with a vote of 233-180

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Fast-tracking Gas Pipelines

The “Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act” would subvert state and local government agencies, undercut public transparency and limit environmental review in the permitting of new gas pipelines. It would give ultimate authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), an agency with a poor record of environmental protection, to issue pipeline permits with minimal environmental protections and public participation. Read our letter opposing H.R. 2910. H.R. 2910 passed the House on July 19, 2017 with a vote of 248-179

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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Perry Amendment to the NDAA (Military Preparedness and Climate Change)

This amendment to the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would have blocked a study on the impacts of climate change on the military. It would have also removed language that recognizes climate change as a direct threat to national security. Read our letter opposing the Perry Amendment.  H. Amdt. 179 to H.R. 2810 failed in the House on July 13, 2017 with a vote of 185-234

The pro-environment vote is NO.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte voted YES.

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114th Congress (2015-2016) - 7%

Increasing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports (H.R. 351):

Representative Bill Johnson's [R-OH], Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act would have expedited LNG export applications, rushing the Department of Energy’s decision-making process for considering environmental impacts and clearing the way for increased hydraulic fracturing and gas production. [January 28, 2015;  passed 277-133]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline (S.1):

Senator John Hoeven's [R-ND] bill would have skipped the federal review process and automatically approved the Keystone XL Pipeline, which threatened major sources of  groundwater used for irrigation and drinking water. [February 11, 2015; passed 270-152]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Undermining Clean Water Protections (H.R. 1732):

Rep. Bill Shuster’s [R-PA]  Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 would have blocked protections for clean water by requiring the then-proposed Clean Water Rule be withdrawn and forcing federal agencies to start over and propose a new rule, wasting time waste time and taxpayer money. [May 12, 2015: passed 261-155]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Fast Tracking Trade Agreements (H.R. 1314):

Representative Patrick Meehan's [R-PA] Trade Act of 2015 authorized the Executive Branch to send trade deals to Congress with no chance to debate amendments. The Act severely hampers the ability of Congress to ensure trade deals, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), do not contain environmentally harmful provisions. [June 12, 2015; passed 219-211]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Prioritizing Drilling On Public Lands (Lawrence amendment to H.R. 2822):

Representative Brenda Lawrence's [D-MI] amendment to H.R. 2822, attempted to stike another amendment which would have prohibited the Bureau of Land Management from implementing its updated fracking regulations. [July 8, 2015; defeated, 179-250]

Pro-environment vote was YES. 

Representative Goodlatte voted NO

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Subsidizing Oil Production on Public Lands (Pearce Amendment to H.R. 2822):

Representative Steve Pearce’s [R-NM] amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016,  would have blocked any efforts to raise royalty rates on oil and gas produced on public lands. Current public lands royalty rates are significantly lower than state lands or offshore areas. [July 8, 2015; passed 231-198]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Protecting Streams from Mining Waste (Grijalva amendment to H.R. 2822):

Representative Raúl Grijalva's [D-AZ] amendment would have removed language in the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 blocking increased protections for streams from mining waste. [July 8, 2015; rejected 189-239]

Pro-environment vote was YES.

Representative Goodlatte voted NO

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Weakening Protections from Toxic Coal Ash (H.R. 1734):

Representative David McKinley's [R-WV] Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Act of 2015 would substantially weaken environmental protections for communities burdened with toxic coal ash pollution. [July 22, 2015: passed 258-166]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Blocking Health, Water and Air Protections (H.R. 427):

Rep. Todd Young’s [R-IN] Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act is a reoccurring anti-regulatory effort intended to delay new health and environmental safeguards by requiring Congressional approval for all new regulations. [July 28, 2015: passed 243-165]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Lifting the Crude Oil Export Ban (H.R. 702):

Representative Joe Barton's [R-TX], bill to end the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports would trigger an increase in oil production and carbon pollution. [October 9, 2015; passed 261-159]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Attacking the Carbon Pollution Standards For New Power Plants (S.J. Res 23):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's [R-KY] “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act would have blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Pollution Standards for New and Modified Power Plants. [December 1, 2015: passed 235-188]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Attacking Carbon Pollution Limits For Existing Power Plants (S.J. Res 24): 

Senator Shelley Moore Capito's [R-WV] “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act would have permanently blocked the Clean Power Plan, which established the first national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. [December 1, 2015: approved 242-180]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Encouraging Dirty Fossil Fuels (H.R. 8):

Rep. Fred Upton’s [R-MI] North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (H.R. 8) would have moved us further away from a clean energy economy by accelerating the use of dirty, expensive and inefficient fossil fuels for energy. [December 3, 2015: passed 249-174]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted YES

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Assaulting Clean Energy, Clean Water and Protected Species (H.R. 5055):

Rep. Michael K. Simpson's [R-ID] Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, would have cut funding for clean energy research, blocked clean water protections, undercut the Endangered Species Act and undermined safeguards for California’s rivers and fisheries. [May 26, 2016: rejected 112-305]

Pro-environment vote was NO.

Representative Goodlatte voted NO

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Protecting Air Quality by Closing Fracking Loopholes (Polis amendment to H.R. 4775):

Representative Jared Polis' [D-CO] amendment would have closed loopholes  in the Clean Air Act that oil and gas companies have exploited and protected local air quality for fence line communities. [June 8, 2016: defeated 160-251]

Pro-environment vote was YES.

Representative Goodlatte voted NO