2015 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) sponsored H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015, which is 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 requirements of twenty-five existing statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Occupational Safety & Health Act. H.R. 185 would add more than 60 additional analyses to an already lengthy and complicated rulemaking process and expands judicial review, thus inviting increased litigation. On January 13, the House approved H.R. 185 by a vote of 250-175 (House roll call vote 28). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.