2011 Scorecard Vote
Representative Tom Rooney (R-FL) offered this amendment to H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, to block the EPA from implementing new water quality standards to prevent toxic green slime from polluting Florida's lakes, rivers, and streams--rules that were issued in November 2010. This amendment would also halt public education about protecting waters from excess pollution from sewage and fertilizer, and set a dangerous precedent for efforts to reduce water contamination across the country, including in the Mississippi River basin and the Gulf of Mexico. On February 18, the House adopted the Rooney amendment by a vote of 237-189 (House roll call vote 123). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. Fortunately, the language in this amendment was not included in the compromise appropriations bill that funded the government through the end of FY11, H.R. 1473, which the President signed into law on April 15.