2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Pete Olson (R-TX) sponsored H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, which would jeopardize the health of people in the United States by undermining the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)’s recently-updated standards for ozone pollution, also known as smog. This legislation would delay the implementation of these vital health protections by at least ten years and double the Clean Air Act’s current five-year review periods for updating all national air quality standards, thereby allowing unhealthy air to persist even longer. H.R. 4775 would also eviscerate a central pillar of the Clean Air Act that requires the EPA to rely solely on the best-available health science when setting air quality standards, forcing the agency to consider factors unrelated to health, like technical feasibility, in the initial standard setting process. On June 8, the House passed H.R. 4775 by a vote of 234-177 (House roll call vote 282). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.