2018 Recent Vote
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) offered an amendment to H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, which would repeal the clean water safeguards established by the 2015 Clean Water Rule. This Rule protects the waters that feed the drinking water of over 117 million people as well as the streams, headwaters, wetlands and other water bodies that serve as habitat for wildlife, reduce flooding risk, and naturally filter pollution. The Lee amendment would subvert the entire rulemaking process by disregarding public input, ignore the Rule’s strong scientific foundation, and return Clean Water Act jurisdiction to an inconsistent and uncertain regulatory scheme. Eliminating the Clean Water Rule would disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color and would jeopardize the clean water our families, communities, and economies depend on. On June 21, 2018, the Senate approved the motion to table Lee’s amendment by a vote of 62-34 (Senate roll call vote 138). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.