2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, which would eliminate Clean Water Act safeguards that protect communities from toxic pesticide exposure that occurs when pesticides are discharged directly into bodies of water without any meaningful oversight or public transparency. While this legislation has been framed as a response to the Zika and West Nile viruses, it is simply a handout to pesticide manufacturers and other corporate interests, and it is unnecessary in addressing the Zika virus or other mosquito-borne health threats. On May 24, the House passed H.R. 953 by a vote of 256-165 (House roll call vote 282). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.