2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) sponsored H.R. 1431, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017, which would undermine the ability of the Science Advisory Board to provide independent, objective, and credible scientific advice to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This bill would weaken conflict-of-interest protections and would arbitrarily limit the participation of subject matter experts. This legislation would also allow industry to significantly prolong the scientific review process, which would delay key public health and environmental protections. On March 30, the House approved H.R. 1431 by a vote of 229-193 (House roll call vote 208). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.