2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) offered an amendment to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, which would strike a rider in the bill preventing the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the recently updated Agricultural Worker Protection Standard. This important set of revisions will finally give farmworkers the same protections as workers in other industries and better protect them from pesticide poisoning while ensuring their right to a designated representative to request information. The health of farmworkers, their families, and their communities are disproportionately jeopardized and impacted by toxic pesticides, and these critical new safeguards are long overdue. On July 13, the House rejected the Grijalva amendment by a vote of 177-249 (House roll call vote 433). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 5538 on July 14, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.