2017 Recent Vote
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) introduced H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act,” which would undermine the process for review and public input on water projects throughout the west. This legislation would shift control of all environmental reviews, including those under the Endangered Species Act, for new dams and surface water storage projects to the Bureau of Reclamation and away from agencies like the Fish and Wildlife Service, which could seriously jeopardize fish and wildlife populations. H.R. 1654 would further undermine the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by setting strict, abbreviated timelines for the completion of environmental impact studies, fast-tracking project proposals in order to minimize scrutiny of a project’s effects on the local environment as well as public input. Lastly, the bill would allow private entities to pay to expedite project permitting, throwing the impartiality of the federal government’s review into question. On June 22, the House approved H.R. 1645 by a vote of 233-180 (House roll call vote 319). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.