2014 Scorecard Vote
Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) offered an amendment to H.R. 4923, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, which would undermine the Clean Water Act and jeopardize the waters Americans depend on for drinking, swimming, fishing, and flood protection. This amendment would repeal part of the Clean Water Act that currently provides limited exemptions for normal, on-going farm practices and discharges of dredged or fill material related to the maintenance of drainage ditches, and expand these exemptions in a way that would encourage new wetland and stream destruction. For example, a highway department cleaning out a maintenance ditch could dump excess material into a pristine lake, filling it in or obstructing its water flow without requiring any review under the law. On July 10, the House approved the LaMalfa amendment by a vote of 239-182 (House roll call vote 394). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. A modified version of the LaMalfa amendment was included in H.R. 83, the FY 15 spending deal (also referred to as the CRomnibus) signed into law by President Obama on December 16.