2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative David McKinley (R-WV) offered an amendment to H.R. 3409, the so-called Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012, to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from using its authority under the Clean Water Act to prohibit or restrict projects that would have an "unacceptable adverse effect" on water, fish, and wildlife after they have been permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The EPA has reserved its veto authority for extraordinarily environmentally-destructive projects, using it only 13 times in the entire 40-year history of the Clean Water Act. On September 21, the House approved the McKinley amendment by a vote of 247-163 (House roll call vote 597). NO IS THE PROENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 3409 subsequently passed the House, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.