2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) sponsored H.J. Res. 36, the Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which would block efforts to reduce dangerous methane pollution released by the oil and gas industry on our public and tribal lands. The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane Rule established commonsense standards that require oil and gas companies to deploy readily available, cost-effective measures to reduce methane lost through venting, flaring, and leaks. The rule helps to decrease the over $300 million in natural gas that is wasted each year from our public and tribal lands and to provide up to $800 million in royalty revenues to states, tribes, and federal taxpayers over the next decade. Additionally, the Methane Rule reduces the methane pollution that contributes to climate change as well as hazardous air pollutants that damage the health of local communities by contributing to increased asthma attacks and other respiratory ailments. This use of the Congressional Review Act, an extreme legislative tool, would not only overturn the current rule, but would prohibit BLM from ever issuing "substantially similar" regulations in the future. On February 3, the House approved H.J. Res. 36 by a vote of 221-191 (House roll call vote 78). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. On May 10, the Senate rejected H.J. Res. 36 by a vote of 49-51 (Senate roll call vote 125).