2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Paul Mitchell (R-MI) sponsored H.R. 1009, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act. H.R. 1009 would effectively rewrite dozens of laws in which Congress mandated that agencies prioritize public health, safety and the preservation of clean air and water over concerns about industry profits. Under the guise of regulatory reform, this legislation would significantly reduce the independence of federal agencies and would lead to political interference by subjecting independent agency rulemakings to review from OIRA, which is within the office of the President. H.R. 1009 would also endanger clean air and clean water protections by opening them up to more litigation. On March 1, the House approved H.R. 1009 by a vote of 241-184 (House roll call vote 120). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.