2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) sponsored H.R. 21, the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017, which would threaten public health protections by allowing en bloc disapproval of all regulations finalized near the end of presidential terms. H.R. 21 was based on the unfounded premise that these rules are somehow rushed or not vetted, when in reality these rules are often years in the making and involve extensive public input to provide the strongest public protections. H.R. 21 would allow a multitude of rules to be overturned—including protections for our air and water—using an expedited legislative process under the Congressional Review Act, which by design, is rushed, lacks transparency, has limited debate, and will be bad for public health. On January 4, the House approved H.R. 21 by a vote of 238-184 (House roll call vote 8). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.