2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) offered an amendment to H.R. 2609, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, which would remove a dirty water policy rider from the bill that undermines the Clean Water Act by preventing the Army Corps of Engineers from updating the definition of "fill material." By freezing in place an outdated definition of fill material, the rider would allow mining companies to continue polluting mountain streams with toxic waste from mountaintop removal activities. On July 9, the House rejected the Moran amendment by a vote of 188-226 (House roll call vote 312). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The harmful language relating to the definition of “fill material” was included in the FY14 omnibus funding bill signed into law by President Obama on January 17, 2014.