1979 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 4985. The vote is on the Eckhardt amendment, which was offered as a fallback position after the Udall substitute was defeated. The amendment eliminated the provisions allowing the waiver of substantive environmental laws. However, it did not affect the other provisions of the Commerce Committee bill allowing the EMB to take over the decision making powers of other agencies if they failed to meet its deadlines. The Carter Administration supported the Eckhardt amendment, but because Carter had opposed the Udall bill, Congressman Dingell was able to mislead many of his colleagues into believing that Carter opposed the Eckhardt amendment also. Yes is the correct vote. Rejected 153-250. November 1, 1979. Yes is correct.