1977 Scorecard Vote
Water Pollution Control Act Amendments (S 1952). The vote is on the Allen amendment to table and thus to kill the Kennedy amendment. The Kennedy amendment would have made the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia the only judicial court to review the national pollution standards and regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency. This would have strengthened EPA's power to enforce pollution laws when challenged in court. Many private industries have learned to manipulate legal technicalities in order to get their court cases heard in certain localities by certain judges who are known to be hostile to environmental regulations. The Kennedy amendment would have ended this tactic, but Allen's motion allowed it to continue. The Administration opposed Allen, as did the environmentalists. Motion to table agreed to 59-36; August 4, 1977. NO is the correct vote.