2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bill Johnson (R-OH) sponsored H.R. 1917, the Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act of 2017, which would delay public health protections, in this case limits on deadly toxic pollution—including mercury, arsenic, and chromium—from brick manufacturing facilities. The BRICK Act was modified in the Rules Committee to incorporate H.R. 453, the Relief from New Source Performance Standards Act of 2017. This addition to the underlying bill would delay stronger emissions limits for new wood stoves and boilers, which reduce hazardous and toxic air pollutants—including particulate matter (soot), nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde. On March 7, the House approved H.R. 1917 by a vote of 234-180 (House roll call vote 99). NO IS THE PROENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.