2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) offered an amendment to H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019, which would prevent the implementation of vital safeguards that protect communities from exposure to toxic contaminants—such as PCB, arsenic, and mercury—in the fish they eat. This action would ignore court decisions, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the voices of Native American tribes, Asian Pacific-Islander communities, and fishing interests, all of whom agree that strong standards for seafood consumption are necessary to protect public health and water quality. On July 18, the House approved the McMorris Rodgers amendment by a vote of 227-185 (House roll call vote 348). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 6147 on July 19 and the Senate passed its version of the bill on August 1. On September 5, the House rejected a motion to instruct conferees and no further action was taken on this legislation.