2005 Scorecard Vote

MTBE Liability
House Roll Call Vote 129
Issues: Toxics/Public Right to Know, Water

MTBE, or methyl tertiary-butyl ether, a gasoline additive that is also a carcinogenic pollutant, is prone to leaking into groundwater from underground storage tanks. This has saddled communities across the country with billions of dollars in clean-up costs. Many of these communities are trying to hold MTBE manufacturers responsible for the damage their products have caused.

The Bush Administration and its congressional allies have placed a special priority on shielding MTBE manufacturers from liability. During consideration of H.R. 6, the House energy bill, Representative Lois Capps (D-CA) offered an amendment to remove this liability shield, arguing that it constituted an unfunded mandate on states and local taxpayers.

On April 21, 2005, House Amendment 370 was rejected by a 213-219 vote (House roll call vote 129). YES is the pro-environment vote. The liability-shield provision was later removed in House-Senate conference and was not part of the final energy bill.

Yes
is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 213  
Votes Against: 219  
Not Voting: 3  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
Not applicable
Representative Party District Vote
Bonner, JoRAL-01 
Davis, ArturDAL-07 
Young, DonRAK-AL 
Renzi, RickRAZ-01 
Pastor, EdDAZ-04 
Flake, JeffRAZ-06 
Ross, MikeDAR-04 
Lungren, DanRCA-03 
Lantos, TomDCA-12 
Stark, PeteDCA-13 
Honda, MikeDCA-15 
Lofgren, ZoeDCA-16 
Farr, SamDCA-17 
Costa, JimDCA-20 
Capps, LoisDCA-23 
Harman, JaneDCA-36 
Royce, EdRCA-40 
Lewis, JerryRCA-41 
Baca, JoeDCA-43 
Filner, BobDCA-51 
Hefley, JoelRCO-05 
Castle, MikeRDE-AL 
Miller, JeffRFL-01 
Boyd, AllenDFL-02 
Keller, RicRFL-08 
Davis, JamesDFL-11 
Mack, ConnieRFL-14 
Foley, MarkRFL-16 
Shaw, ClayRFL-22 
Price, TomRGA-06 
Linder, JohnRGA-07 
Deal, NathanRGA-10 
Barrow, JohnDGA-12 
Scott, DavidDGA-13 
Case, EdDHI-02 
Otter, C.L.RID-01 
Hyde, HenryRIL-06 
Kirk, MarkRIL-10 
Pence, MikeRIN-06 
Latham, TomRIA-04 
Moran, JerryRKS-01 
Ryun, Jim R.RKS-02 
Tiahrt, ToddRKS-04 
Lewis, RonRKY-02 
Davis, GeoffRKY-04 
Markey, EdDMA-07 
Camp, DaveRMI-04 
Upton, FredRMI-06 
Taylor, GeneDMS-04 
Skelton, IkeDMO-04 
Graves, SamRMO-06 
Blunt, RoyRMO-07 
Price, DavidDNC-04 
Watt, MelDNC-12 
Miller, BradDNC-13 
Portman, RobROH-02 
Tiberi, PatROH-12 
Ryan, TimDOH-17 
Boren, DanDOK-02 
Cole, TomROK-04 
Wu, DavidDOR-01 
Gerlach, JimRPA-06 
Doyle, MikeDPA-14 
Pitts, JoeRPA-16 
Holden, TimDPA-17 
Murphy, TimRPA-18 
Platts, ToddRPA-19 
Wilson, JoeRSC-02 
Inglis, BobRSC-04 
Wamp, ZachRTN-03 
Cooper, JimDTN-05 
Poe, TedRTX-02 
Johnson, SamRTX-03 
Hall, RalphRTX-04 
Barton, JoeRTX-06 
Green, AlDTX-09 
Granger, KayRTX-12 
Paul, RonRTX-14 
DeLay, TomRTX-22 
Green, GeneDTX-29 
Bishop, RobRUT-01 
Cantor, EricRVA-07 
Wolf, FrankRVA-10 
Inslee, JayDWA-01 
Larsen, RickDWA-02 
Dicks, NormDWA-06 
Smith, AdamDWA-09 
Rahall, NickDWV-03 
Ryan, PaulRWI-01 
Kind, RonDWI-03 
Moore, GwenDWI-04 
Petri, TomRWI-06