2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Keith Rothfus (R-PA) sponsored H.R. 3797, the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, which would weaken clean air protections that safeguard our air from coal refuse burned by power plants. The SENSE Act would weaken the Cross State Air Pollution Rule by replacing the state emissions reductions rules with federal rules that allow waste coal burning power plants to pollute in excess of current law, damaging public health in the surrounding area and far downwind. H.R. 3797 would also weaken the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics standards, which are successful safeguards that are designed to reduce the pollution associated with dangerous compounds like sulfur dioxide and hydrogen chloride, both of which increase the risk of asthma attacks and other serious health impacts, including premature deaths. On March 15, the House approved H.R. 3797 by a vote of 231-183 (House roll call vote 123). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.