2017 Recent Vote
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1430, the “HONEST Act,” which would endanger public health by making it extremely difficult for the EPA to use the best available science. The bill contains favorable exemptions for industry and would restrict the health studies that the EPA is able to use by requiring that data is shared with anyone willing to sign a vague confidentiality agreement. These provisions would severely limit the EPA’s ability to use data that includes studies with confidential health information, which are the basis for the best research on the health effects of pollution. This legislation would result in less effective public health protections. On March 29, the House approved H.R. 1430 (House roll call vote 206) by a vote of 228-194. NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.