2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) offered an amendment to H.R. 367, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would exempt the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from the bill and preserve the NRC’s ability to issue new safeguards that better protect Americans from the threat of a nuclear disaster. H.R. 367 would block a whole host of new public health safeguards, and the Nadler amendment highlights nuclear energy regulations as one example of how the legislation could put Americans’ health and safety at risk. Since the devastating Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in Japan, the NRC has issued new rules designed to upgrade nuclear plants to withstand extreme events such as earthquakes and have sufficient backup power to avoid a nuclear meltdown. By exempting nuclear safeguards from the bill, the Nadler amendment would ensure that the NRC can continue to issue new safeguards that would make a nuclear disaster less likely and reduce the damage if one did occur. On August 2, the House rejected the Nadler amendment by a vote of 186-229 (House roll call vote 440). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.