2020 Recent Vote
Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY-20) offered an amendment to H.R. 7608, the State, Foreign Operations, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2021, which would prevent the EPA from the Trump Administration’s inadequate proposed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter, or soot. This proposed rule ignores the recommendations of scientists and agency experts, and does not do enough to protect communities, and particularly communities of color, from dangerous air pollution. Protecting vulnerable community members from the health impacts of air pollution is required under the Clean Air Act and is particularly pressing since COVID-19 is a respiratory pandemic disproportionately affecting communities of color. On July 24, the House approved the Tonko amendment by a vote of 233-176 (House roll call vote 163). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.