Dirty Budget Votes for Fiscal Year 2018

House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

The House spending bill was a budget and policy rider disaster. It included cuts to vital programs that protect our water and air, including more than $500 million in cuts to EPA, $250 million of which are cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The bill also included reckless policy riders, such as an amendment that would have exempted the Trump Administration from following the rule of law as they roll back Clean Water Act protections.

Read our letter opposing the House Appropriations bill.

The pro-environment vote is NO.

H.R. 3354 passed the House on September 14, 2017, with a vote of 211-184.

Amendments to H.R. 3354

Prior to passing H.R. 3354, the House voted on a number of amendments. For amendments adopted or rejected by voice vote there is no recorded vote list showing how individual Members of Congress voted.

Read our letter on the House Appropriations amendments, voted on September 8-14, 2017.

Stripping the Dirty Water Rider – Amendment No. 37

This would have removed authority for the Trump Administration to withdraw the Clean Water Rule without following established procedures under the Administrative Procedures Act, directly undercutting the rule of law and established process for rulemaking.

Read our letter supporting the amendment.

The pro-environment vote is YES.

The amendment failed by a voice vote.

Undermining Chesapeake Bay Protections – Amendment No.50

This amendment would have prohibited EPA from using any funds to implement “backstop” actions against any of the six states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in the event that a state does not meet the goals mandated by EPA’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan.

The pro-environment vote is NO.

The amendment passed 214-197.

Blocking Offshore Fracking Permits – Amendment No. 57

This would have prohibited funds from being used to process any application for offshore oil drilling, to drill or a permit to modify, that would authorize use of hydraulic fracturing or acid well stimulation treatment in the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf.

The pro-environment vote is YES.

The amendment failed 177-230.

Blocking BLM’s Oil and Gas Methane – Rules Amendment No. 63

This would have prevented funds from being used to implement the Bureau of Land Management’s rule to reduce methane waste and leakage from oil and gas facilities on public lands.

The pro-environment vote is NO.

The amendment passed 216-186.

Blocking EPA’s Oil and Gas Methane – Rules Amendment No. 73

This would have prohibited funds for enforcing the Obama Administration’s EPA rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas facilities.

The pro-environment vote is NO.

The amendment passed 218-195.

Ignoring the Social Cost of Carbon – Amendment No. 74

This provision would have prohibited funds for implementing the Obama Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon rule.

The pro-environment vote is NO.

The amendment passed 225-186.

Protecting EPA Regional Offices – Amendment No. 75

This would have prohibited funds from being used to close or consolidate any regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The pro-environment vote is YES.

The amendment failed 201-212.