2011 Scorecard Vote
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) sponsored H.R. 3010, the Regulatory Accountability Act, sweeping legislation that would cripple the rulemaking process by further empowering special interests to effectively stop federal agencies from moving forward with setting basic minimum protections, such as those for Americans' health and safety. It would override the implementation of existing laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Occupational Safety & Health Act. The bill would add more than 60 additional analyses to an already lengthy and complicated rulemaking process and expands judicial review, thus inviting increased litigation. On December 2, the House passed H.R. 3010 by a vote of 253-167 (House roll call vote 888). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate has not acted on identical companion legislation; however, on three separate occasions, the Senate rejected proposals that would severely undermine the regulatory process (Senate roll call votes 87, 196, and 202).