Another day, another vote for dirty water

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Today the US House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill, a spending bill that would slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, and weaken several environmental protections. The bill included the “Dirty Water Rider,” which would wipe out Clean Water Act protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water sources. The bill passed without a single Democratic vote, and with 15 Republicans opposing the measure.

Clean Water Action Special Projects Manager, Andrew Grinberg, released the following response:

"Another day, another vote for dirty water by the majority of House Republicans. This spending bill will never pass the Senate. But the dirty water caucus in the House insisted on taking another vote to prove their allegiance to the special interests who cut their campaign checks. They are wasting our time, and seem to be more interested in scoring political points with polluters, instead of doing their jobs by funding vital programs at EPA and protecting drinking water. The 217 Representatives who voted for this bill have made it very clear for voters in November: they will put the profits and concerns of corporate polluters first, no matter the cost to our water, health, and environment."


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly